Transportation manager earns NACE ‘Project Manager of the Year’ honor
Washington County Engineering and Construction Manager Cory Slagle was recently given the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) 2012 Project Manager of the Year Award for Slagle’s work on the Broadway Avenue reconstruction in Forest Lake.
The award was announced April 24 at the NACE’s Annual Meeting and Management and Technical Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
“From around the country, we’re all proud of Cory’s achievement,” said Brian Roberts, NACE executive director. “The residents might not understand the technical complexity of the project. Its success and timeliness are directly attributed to Cory’s expertise in planning, budgeting, and coordinating with local businesses, multiple road authorities, regulatory agencies and consulting firms. No easy task, I can assure you.”
The award highlights Slagle’s work on the three-year Forest Lake “mega-project.” The Broadway Avenue corridor was one of the county’s most dangerous and failed to meet the demands of more than 31,000 vehicles per day. The project was the largest ever undertaken in county history and improved safety and mobility with a new crossing over Interstate 35 at County Road 83; new Broadway-I-35 interchange; new “backage” road to provide alternative access to the city’s businesses; a reconstruction of Broadway Avenue; the construction of two pedestrian bridges along the Hardwood Creek Trail, and a roundabout at U.S. Highway 61.
Wayne Sandberg, County Engineer, noted that “while literally hundreds of people helped to plan, design and implement the Broadway Avenue Mega-Project, the overall success of it can be largely attributed to Cory’s outstanding leadership and project management skills.”
Slagle oversees a group of 14 professional staff, and is responsible for delivering the county’s five-year capital improvement project, part of which included the $41 million Forest Lake project.
Slagle oversaw six individual bid packages, and worked with a management team that included staff and elected officials from three counties and two cities affected by the project, as well as state and federal officials.
The key to the project was developing an innovative and complex staging plan allowing construction at the same time local traffic continued using the roads. It also involved an extensive communication plan to ensure Forest Lake residents, business owners and drivers were aware of construction progress. The communication plan used community meetings, newsletters, social media and a live web cam to keep community members abreast of construction progress.
Slagle has bachelors and masters of civil engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota, and is a well-known county expert in pavement design. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.
Slagle lives in Stillwater with his wife and two young children.
The NACE Program/Project Manager of the Year award recognizes significant meritorious work by an individual on a project or program for a county who has demonstrated a commitment to the profession and shows potential for future growth. NACE is a nonprofit, non-partisan professional association in its seventh decade, representing nearly 2,000 county engineers, road managers, and related professionals in the United States and Canada.
Washington County Board of Commissioners Chair Lisa Weik with Cory Slagle, Washington County’s engineering and construction manager, who was named the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) 2012 Project Manager of the Year Award. (Gazette staff photo by Erik Sandin)