MAY 22, 2013 -- During its annual luncheon today at Union Station, the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association presented two "Project of the Year" awards to the Jackson County Public Works Department.
The new Regional Animal Shelter garnered the award in the Structures category for projects costing between $5 million and $25 million. Meanwhile, the MyARTS facility now open in Independence earned the award in the Historical Restoration/Preservation category (less than $5 million).
"I think this recognition speaks volumes about our Public Works Department," said County Executive Mike Sanders. "It doesn't shy away from undertaking major projects such as these or the current interior renovations to the Historic Truman Courthouse."
He added, "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. 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."
The Regional Animal Shelter, located in Independence along Missouri Route 78 Highway, was designed by Patterson Latimer Jones Brannon Denham Incorporated of Joplin, Missouri. Straub Construction served as the general contractor, while Scott George, Special Projects and Environmental Health Administrator for Jackson County, supervised all phases of design and construction as the project manager.
Courtney Thomas, president and Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains SPCA, acted as a consultant regarding the shelter's layout and animal treatment facilities. Great Plains SPCA, a non-profit "no-kill" animal welfare organization, has been contracted to manage the shelter for the next five years.
MyARTS is now housed in the old Oscar Maple Motors car dealership -- a building that had been vacant for nearly 10 years. Now the building, located just blocks from the historic Independence Square, has been transformed once again into a showroom.
Through a modest budget, Jackson County Public Works oversaw the renovation of the old auto dealership into a new studio/gallery for youth apprentices involved in the not-for-profit MyARTS program.
MyARTS -- Metropolitan Youth Arts & Technology for Students -- is a COMBAT-backed effort to provide at-risk youths a safe place to express their artistic creativity. The new facility also features a showroom and retail outlet for the artwork created on the premises.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office oversees MyARTS.
DRAW Architecture + Urban Design LLC of Kansas City designed the MyARTS building. R. L. Phillips Construction of Belton, Missouri, was the general contractor. Glenn Dvorak of Jackson County Public Works served as the project manager.
Accepting the award for the MyARTS buidling were (L-R) County Executive Mike Sanders, KC Metro APWA President Bob Miller (award presenter), Jackson County Deputy Director of Public Works Earl Newill and Ryan Warman, AIA of DRAW + Urban Design LLC.
Accepting the award for the Regional Animal Shelter were (L-R) County Executive Mike Sanders, Jackson County Public Works Administrator Scott George and KC Metro APWA President Bob Miller (award presenter).
The art work of youth apprentices was on full display during the MyARTS building grand opening.