KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Public Works Department has received two “Project of the Year” awards from the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The awards were presented to County Executive Mike Sanders and public works employees Scott George and Earl Newill during the chapter’s National Public Works Week luncheon, held earlier this afternoon at Union Station in downtown Kansas City.
The Regional Animal Shelter won in the Structures Category, between $5 and $25 million. The new $5.3 million facility, which opened in late April, is located on east 78 Highway in Independence. Great Plains SPCA operates the “no-kill” facility, which can hold up to 200 dogs and 100 cats. The building was designed by Patterson Latimer Jones Brannon Denham Incorporated of Joplin, Missouri. Straub Construction was the general contractor and Scott George, Special Projects and Environmental Health Administrator for Jackson County was project manager. Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains SPCA was the consultant for shelter layout and animal treatment.
Jackson County Public Works also received an award in the Historical Restoration/Preservation category, less than $5 million, for its work on the MyARTS facility. Located at 315 Main Street in Independence, this $1.1 million project involved the renovation of the Oscar Maple Motors Building, a car dealership built in the 1940’s. The facility, which had been vacant for 10 years, now houses a working, not-for-profit art studio for youth apprentices ranging in age from 15-19. The original auto dealership showroom is now a retail outlet for artwork created on the premises. The design was done by DRAW Architecture + Urban Design LLC of Kansas City and R. L. Phillips Construction of Belton, Missouri, was the general contractor. Glenn Dvorak, Jackson County Public Works was project manager.
“Through their hard work, ingenuity and skill, our Public Works Department continues to provide Jackson County citizens with high quality infrastructure that will stand the test of time,” said County Executive Sanders. “The Regional Animal Shelter and the MyARTS facility have both filled significant needs in our community and will benefit our citizens for years to come.”