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City Awards for 2014
Silicon Valley APWA Recognizes Two San José Projects for Excellence
The San José Public Works Department received two “project of the year” awards from the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Public Works Association. First, the Lower Guadalupe River Trail project received the 2014 Project of the Year Award in the “Sustainable/Green $2-$5 million category.” This project connected a new segment to the existing trail network and the Bay Trail to expand one of the largest urban trail networks in the nation. Interpretive signage supports community education about the riparian corridor while improved access encourages public stream stewardship.

The San José McEnery Convention Center Expansion and Renovation project was recognized in the “Structures over $75 million” category. This progressive design-build project demolished the old Martin Luther King Jr. Library and constructed a 125,000-square-foot expansion that included a new ballroom and meeting rooms on two floors and extensive renovations to the existing interiors, safety systems, and the central utility plant. The project will receive LEED Silver certification for its efforts in recycling and reuse of the demolished construction materials and achieving sustainable design elements throughout the facility

City Receives Award for Commodore Park

The Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program honored Commodore Park for Site Design and Low Impact Development for Storm Water Pollution. The annual award recognizes Santa Clara Valley public agencies,private development, and community leaders for solutions of site design challenges, reducing storm water pollution and runoff quantity, and meeting or exceeding the requirements of the municipal NPDES permit. The recently constructed 3.2-acre park features pervious asphalt, porous pavers, and porous colored concrete that are low-impact development techniques to mitigate stormwater runoff. These measures help protect water quality by filtering stormwater through plants and soil, thus mimicking the natural hydrology of the undeveloped site and using rain as an onsite resource

City receives award for Lower Guadalupe River Trail

The City of San José received an Award of Merit for the Lower Guadalupe River Trail at the annual California Trails and 
Greenways Conference in Palm Springs.The award winning 6.7-mile paved trail links Downtown San José’s Guadalupe River Park to the San Francisco Bay. The trail is used by over 1,000 visitors daily and 53% report commuting regularly to work along the trail.

San José wins two distinguished state communications awards

The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) gave two notable communications awards to San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) and to Mineta San José International Airport (SJC). Both departments won the 2014 Excellence in Communications Award of Distinction for each category. ESD won for the writing category for the San José-Santa Clara Regional Water Facility Capital Improvement Program Semiannual Status Report. SJC won for the online newsletter category for SJC Air Time.