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Fehr Graham and city of Rockford honored for

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Rockford, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2017) - Fehr Graham and the city of Rockford’s Water Division received a Rockford Chamber of Commerce Confluence Honor award for their public-private partnership. This partnership is among 21 recognized as part of a new initiative by the chamber. The collaboration started when the city’s water infrastructure investment program began.

City officials joined forces with Fehr Graham in 2016 when the municipality sought engineering services to better serve the Rockford community and to fulfill promises made as part of the proposal to increase water rates. Fehr Graham provided a cost-effective way for the Water Division to approach improving water infrastructure in Rockford.

“In this case, our public-private partnership with Fehr Graham differed from how these types of projects were approached in the past” said Kyle Saunders, Rockford’s water superintendent. “Having this type of partnership allowed us to save time and taxpayer money and ensure the city’s water infrastructure investment program is a top priority executed transparently and efficiently.”

Work continues on Rockford’s water distribution network to mitigate potential service interruptions to residents by replacing aging water mains and completing much-needed system looping.

Fehr Graham Engineer Seth Gronewold said this partnership has created an engineering “assembly line,” consisting of design, bid and construction inspection services as well as marketing water projects by educating the community on the importance of water infrastructure investment.

“Through partnership, city staff remain effective and proactive in improving water systems throughout Rockford while Fehr Graham is preparing plans and securing approvals to advance the various projects,” Gronewold said. “Each entity focused on what it did best and communicated successes and challenges along the way.”

Rockford officials and Fehr Graham were honored Dec. 7 at the Rockford Chamber Confluence Honors ceremony at the Rockford Art Museum.

About Fehr Graham
Fehr Graham is a premier provider of engineering, environmental and funding solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional and government clients with 10 Midwest office locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. For more information, visit fehr-graham.com.

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Published: Dec. 7, 2017.

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