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City of Dublin Wins American Public Works Association Award

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Jackson Street Plaza in downtown Dublin, Georgia

City of Dublin Wins American Public Works Association Award

The City of Dublin has been selected to receive a prestigious award by the Georgia chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the Jackson Street Plaza and Parking Project in downtown Dublin, Georgia.  The annual awards, to be presented on August 25, 2021, recognize and celebrate many of the most noteworthy public works projects in Georgia.

“The planning, development, and construction of Jackson Plaza demonstrates the City’s innovative development efforts aimed at building a more livable and sustainable community,” said City Manager Lance Jones. “We’re proud to see the work of our City departments recognized and our partnerships with Downtown Dublin Development Authority, Dublin Construction Company, and Thomas & Hutton rewarded.”

Downtown Dublin experienced immediate business growth once the project was announced. Executive director of Dublin Downtown Development Authority, Tracie Morgan said, “"Jackson Street Plaza is a project that went far beyond the original issue of 'we need to add some more asphalt and paint some lines.' The vision, strategy, and finished project created a beautiful spot that is now not only a welcome mat to the downtown corridor - it was a $3+ million-dollar public investment that served as a catalyst seven restoration with over $7 million in private investment for our downtown. The Jackson Street Plaza project serves as a textbook example of the incredible things that can be accomplished with public and private partnership."

Designed by Oliver Seabolt of Orion Planning + Design, Jackson Street Plaza transformed an underutilized space in downtown Dublin while supporting local jobs.

“The Jackson Plaza was a very exciting project for Dublin Construction Company (DCC).  The project was challenging and would not been successful without the collaboration of the project team.  This team included The City of Dublin, Thomas & Hutton & DCC.  One can only imagine the various obstacles we all faced when we were guessing what may lie underneath the areas disturbed after various structures had existed there for numerous decades. The DCC team met every challenge with innovation, and I am proud this project supported roughly 20 local jobs during the construction phase,” said Tom Hall, Dublin Construction Company President.

This is the second award the City of Dublin has received from the APWA for outstanding accomplishments in public works projects. Jackson Plaza also was honored by the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers with a Project of Merit Award by Thomas & Hutton. Offering a splash pad, multiple fountains, swings, and native flora with stone, Jackson Street Place is a natural gathering space.

“It’s public works projects like Jackson Street Plaza & Parking that draw visitors to our downtown area from all over. From planning and design to construction and ongoing maintenance, it’s the teamwork that shows how much we care for our citizens,” said Shawn Wood, City of Dublin, Director of Public Works.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works, with a worldwide membership of more than 30,000.

About the City of Dublin

Home to approximately 16,000 people, the innovative City of Dublin offers all the amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individuality and diversity. Dublin is home to an award-winning downtown with nationally acclaimed dining, a performing arts theater, a highly-rated school district, an airport, direct access to I-16, as well as colleges, one hospital, a VA medical center, two golf courses, numerous parks, and nearby nature preserves.

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Rebecca Johnson
City of Dublin, Georgia