The Town of Newmarket’s Gorham Street Watermain Project was named the 2018 Project of the Year in the ‘Structures less than $2 million category’ from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA).

“It is an honour to be recognized with the 2018 Project of the Year Award for the Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project,” said Rachel Prudhomme, director of engineering services at the Town of Newmarket. “This project shows the strong working relationships that we have fostered with the contractors, consultants, and most importantly, our community members. I would like to sincerely thank the Engineering Services project team for their efforts and the community for their engagement.”

Image Credit: Town of Newmarket. Left to Right: Terry Hoehen (Ainley Group), Rachel Prudhomme (Town of Newmarket), Sepideh Majdi (Town of Newmarket) and Andrew Miller (Ainley Group) accept the 2018 Public Works Project of the Year Award at the OPWA Annual Conference and Awards Luncheon on Janurary 24, 2019.











The OPWA Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the various partnerships that come together to complete engineering projects.

The Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project was awarded the 2018 Project of the Year for its project management techniques and innovative technologies that focused on minimizing active construction and traffic disruptions in a sensitive area. In addition, this project demonstrated strong community relations with residents, which included open, two-way communications between the Town and neighbouring parties.

The purpose of the Gorham Street Watermain Replacement Project was to replace a critical section of watermain which was over 40 years old and suffered severe breaks in recent years due to corrosion.

This project installed 425 metres of new, 300mm diameter watermain from Carlson Drive and Doak Lane to Leslie Street, fire hydrants, water service connections, a pre-assembled pressure reducing valve chamber (PRV), and all site restoration. The pre-assembled PRV was an innovative project component that reduced the project timeline by two weeks in a sensitive area that included a fire hall and seniors’ residence.


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