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Irondequoit DPW Named Regional APWA Project of the Year

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The Town of Irondequoit was awarded the Project of the Year Award for the New Town of Irondequoit Department of Public Works Facility, on which Bergmann served as architecture and engineering design consultant. The award was presented by the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) in the category of Structures Projects - $5-$25 Million.

According to the APWA, “the Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the engineer and contractors, who together have led to a successful completion of a project.”

The project stemmed from a late-night fire on Christmas Eve 2016 that devastated the town’s facility and fleet during a prime time of the year. What started as an electrical fire in one of the vehicles quickly turned into a seven-alarm blaze that required a response from 100 fire fighters and 16 fire companies. By early Christmas morning, 60% of the highway structures on the campus were destroyed, along with 100% of the sanitation fleet and 30% of the heavy highway fleet, the entire mechanics garage, and all covered storage in the middle of snow and ice season.

The Town awarded Bergmann as architecture and engineering design consultant and Christa Construction as Construction Manager. Together with the Town, the team sought strategies to maximize space inside the building for vehicle storage and maintenance areas, as well as outside the building for site circulation and materials storage.

To fully serve the Irondequoit community, the DPW maintains a large fleet, resulting in a unique double-bay pull-through garage to keep as much of their heavy vehicle equipment indoors. Strategies were implemented to utilize a Pre-Engineered Metal Building system and include adequate alternatives in the bid documents to ensure the project could be realized.

“This project represents a rebirth for the community of Irondequoit,” said Pete Giovenco, President and CEO, Bergmann. “We’re proud to play a role in bringing such an important asset back to the Town, and that the APWA has recognized these collaborative efforts.”


For four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 450 professional and technical staff spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from major buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning.