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DES Awards & Accolades

The Department of Environmental Services is proud of its talented employees and the accolades they have received for their public service.

City of Rochester's Fleet Ranked #5 out of 38,000 Public Fleets Rochester-2010-100-Best-Certificate

The City was named #5 on the list of100 Best Fleets in North America™  for 2012! 

A special congratulations goes out to the Department of Environmental Services' Equipment Services Division for continually striving for excellence in fleet maintenance and management. This well deserved distinction can be credited to the Equipment Services staff and its Assistant Director of Operations, Michael Quattrone. Their commitment and hard work keep the City fleet in top condition, which majorly contributes to the high level of services we provide to our citizens.

Landmark Society Honors DES Architects for "Outstanding" Mt. Hope Gatehouse Restoration

The Landmark Society of Western New York awarded the City of Rochester an Award of Merit for work completed at the Mount Hope Cemetery Old Gatehouse. The Gatehouse, built in 1874, was the site of some much needed renovation and restoration work.  The Landmark Society's award highlighted the "outstanding roof restoration, bell tower stabilization, and exterior cleaning" that was designed and managed by City architects. Project Architect Lisa Gossard, R.A., accepted the award at a ceremony in November 2009 on behalf of the rest of the in-house design team, which included Managing Architect Pam Marcotte, R.A., and staff architect Chris McManus, R.A.

The Department of Environmental Services is committed to honoring Rochester's landmarks and is proud of the excellent work performed by the Bureau of Architecture and Engineering's architects. Their dedication to preserving the integrity of historic, city-owned structures is appreciated and lauded.

For details on the restoration, check out the project's portfolio page.


Turning Point Park Receives National RecognitionTurning Point Park Trail

Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 brought four significant awards to projects and personnel from the Department of Environmental Services (DES). On a national scale, Turning Point Trail  was recognized as the “Transportation Project of the Year" Award ($2-10 million category) at the national APWA Conference in New Orleans in Fall 2008. 
Project manager JoAnn Beck, the City’s senior landscape architect, and Commissioner Paul Holahan were in attendance to accept the honor.

The breathtaking trail consists of 3 main parts: the 2,968 ft land-based trail that utilized an old railroad bed to transition from the top of the bank to the river’s edge, 
a 3,572 ft-long bridge over the Genesee River Turning Basin, and an all-new land-based trail, 3,406 feet in length, through Turning Point Park North and adjacent to the Genesee Marina.


Manhattan Square Park Wins Award

Locally, a DES project was honored at the annual APWA dinner in January 2009. Manhattan Square Park’s rejuvenation- led by project manager JoAnn Beck and construction engineer Sam Priem- was1209083RY99ps-(Custom)MSPkS granted the Historical Restoration/Preservation Project of the Year (over $10 million category) Award. The park received a major facelift over the course of the 2 year project: the outdoor, kidney-shaped ice rink was enlarged by 30%, a new sound and lighting system was added, and a warming shelter was enhanced to feature a heated floor, fireplace, and brand new skates to rent. In the summer months, the ice rink doubles as a reflecting pool, complete with fountains. Manhattan Square has become a favorite spot for both downtown employees and people throughout the Rochester region.


DES Employees Recognized for Outstanding Achievements

Paul Noto, who currently serves as the manager of Special Services, received the Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to public service. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the APWA and indicates to the greatest extent the Association's esteem, respect, and regard. Paul has worked for the City for 32 years. He has dedicated his career to excellence in public works. He has served the residents of Rochester in a wide array of roles from street maintenance to snow plowing to special events.

JoAnn Beck received the Douglas C. Zefting Memorial Award. Named for a former City Engineer, the award recognizes a public official who demonstrates outstanding and meritorious achievement in his or her field. JoAnn's passion for designing projects that maximize public value has been an asset to the City of Rochester and its residents for years. Always keeping the public good in mind, JoAnn strives to create public spaces that are an accessible, beautiful respite in the middle of city.

The Department of Environmental Services is proud of its employees and their accomplishments. The excellent service and innovative projects produced by talented and dedicated DES staff are truly what allows the City to provide such a high level of service to residents and visitors alike.


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