Published date: April 27, 2023

Project of the Year Awards

The Annual Project of the Year Awards were held April 27, 2023 during the Spring Conference in Tacoma Washington. Seven awards in four categories – Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Structures, and Transportation – were presented along with a brand new Sustainability award that was presented at the Thursday lunch. We look forward to including the Sustainability award as one of the 2024 POY categories.


Washington Boulevard Landslide Stabilization

CATEGORY: Disaster / Emergency


AGENCY: Kitsap County Public Works

PRIMARY CONTRACTOR: Sound Pacific Construction


Kitsap County’s Washington Boulevard Landslide Stabilization Project constructed a horizontal drain system, stormwater improvements, and mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) slope to stabilize a stretch of historically problematic and unstable roadway traversing a deep-seated landslide complex that serves as the sole access to services for 22 homes.

Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility

CATEGORY: Environment

DIVISION: $5M – $25M

AGENCY: Whatcom County Public Works

PRIMARY CONTRACTOR: Granite Construction

PRIMARY CONSULTANT: Environmental Science Associates

Completing a vision that began in 1975, “The Berm” is 1.58-mile-long soft shore berm running parallel to Birch Bay Drive that provides mitigation for both beach erosion and roadway protection, as well as reducing coastal flooding impacts, improving pedestrian safety, and restoring the beach and marine habitat.

Peanuts Park Restoration

CATEGORY: Structures

DIVISION: $5M – $25M

AGENCY: City of Pasco

PRIMARY CONTRACTOR: Booth & Sons Construction, Inc.


The Peanuts Park restoration project provided expanded market pavilions, new restroom, shade structures and custom seating along with upgraded Utilities and Decorative elements celebrating the diversity of Pasco’s community, to the heart of the City’s downtown, to extend its use as an urban plaza and the community’s primary public open space for civic events.

Franklin Street Improvements

CATEGORY: Transportation


AGENCY: City of Olympia

PRIMARY CONTRACTOR: Sound Pacific Construction, Inc.


The City of Olympia’s Franklin Street project enhances walkability, maintains and improves mobility for cars and freight, and supports transit through their historic downtown core through roadway and urban design improvements.

180th St SE Phase 1 Improvements (SR 527 to 23rd Ave SE)

CATEGORY: Transportation

DIVISION: $5M – $25M

AGENCY: Snohomish County Public Works

PRIMARY CONTRACTOR: Rodarte Construction, Inc.


Snohomish County’s 180th St SE – Phase I project improved the corridor between SR 527 and 23rd Ave SE by constructing new vehicle lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk curbs and gutters, planter strips, stormwater detention and treatment facilities, improved ADA facilities, realigned Thompson Creek and installed two new fish-passable culverts on Thompson and Silver Creek at a construction cost of $7.8 million.

The John Lewis Memorial Bridge

CATEGORY: Transportation

DIVISION: $25M – $75M

AGENCY: Seattle Department of Transportation

PRIMARY CONTRACTOR: Kraemer North America

PRIMARY CONSULTANT: David Evans and Associates, Inc.

The iconic John Lewis Memorial Bridge ‘bridges’ two communities previously divided by the construction of I-5 over half a century ago with a non-motorized bridge that was befittingly named to honor John Lewis, an African American civil rights leader who symbolizes unity and progress in our region.

Tacoma RNG

CATEGORY: Sustainability

DIVISION: $5M – $25M

AGENCY: City of Tacoma; Environmental Services


PRIMARY CONSULTANT: Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Inc.

The City of Tacoma’s Renewable Energy Plant is a groundbreaking project that represents a major step forward in the city’s efforts to become more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint. The plant, which processes wastewater digester gas into renewable natural gas (RNG) for use as vehicle fuel, promises to deliver significant greenhouse gas reductions while generating new revenues for the city.

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