City’s public works contract recognized

Posted 11/24/10

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships has recognized the public works contract between the City of Centennial and CH2M Hill with its …

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City’s public works contract recognized

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The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships has recognized the public works contract between the City of Centennial and CH2M Hill with its 2010 Public-Private Partnership Award.

The contract to provide such city services as street maintenance, traffic engineering and snow removal has been called the largest public-private partnership of its kind. It began in 2008 when Centennial ended its longtime relationship with Arapahoe County Public Works.

Elisa Speranza, president of CH2M Hill’s operations and maintenance business group, said such government partnerships are at the heart of what the Arapahoe County-based corporation does.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by experts in the field,” she said. “From the beginning, Centennial established a vision to be … lean, with limited staff, outsourcing key activities where ever possible. CH2M Hill is proud to help the city realize that vision and better serve its citizens.”

According to Centennial officials, under the terms of the public works partnership the city retains direct operational control of public works with CH2M Hill effectively acting as an extension of the city government.

Dave Zelenok is Centennial’s public works director. While he is a contractor, he is not a CH2M Hill employee.

CH2M Hill’s contracted services range from transportation planning to creation of a 24-hour call center that serves as a single point of contact for all citizen concerns, including but not limited to public works.

More than two years on, Mayor Cathy Noon calls the overall partnership a resounding success.

“Citizens have noticed a significant improvement in service and responsiveness to their needs,” she said. “[The call center] illustrates the dedication we have to our community and customer service, and it is a huge part of the success of the city’s public works program.”

According to Rick Norment, executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the recent award recognizes projects and services that illustrate best practices and innovation in the use of public-private partnerships.

“Award recipients are selected through an extremely thoughtful process by a committee of leading authorities in the field of public-private partnerships, and this year’s competition was especially formidable,” he said.

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