FARMINGTON, MI (June 15, 2011). Farmington residents can be proud and congratulations to all who had a part in the creation of the Grand River Avenue Streetscape! The Streetscape has received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Award for Historic Preservation from the local APWA branch. In addition, the Michigan Chapter awarded the Grand River Avenue Streetscape the Project of the Year 2010 in the category of Streetscape Less than $5 Million. 
The Project of the Year award was presented to Kevin Gushman, Director of Public Services, City of Farmington, at the APWA Michigan Chapter annual conference at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, MI. “It’s an honor to receive recognition from one’s peers throughout the state,” stated Gushman. 
Roberto J. Scappaticci was the Project Manager with Orchard Hiltz & McCliment, Inc., the engineering consultant on the Streetscape, who submitted the nomination to the Michigan chapter. Relevance in consideration for the award included * High volume pedestrian/vehicle intersection, * Pedestrian signal design, * Public process, * Urban, multi-modal intersection improvements, * Complex pedestrian and vehicle circulation at DDA, * Non-motorized pathway, * MDOT funding and grant application, * Traffic modeling and * Aesthetic improvements. 
Grissim Metz Andriese Associates was the landscape architecture firm. It was their planning that tied the brick paver design and other features to the historic buildings in downtown. Susan L. Grissim, ASLA, Principal and Director of Operations, is quoted as saying, "Our main goal was to customize the Streetscape to enhance Farmington’s identity. We had numerous early morning design meetings with the Farmington DDA Main Street Design Committee to review all aspects of the new streetscape design. Because space was limited, we really focused on making each area fit to the existing buildings and uses to maximize Farmington’s character and usability for all. Another bonus is that the businesses embraced the updates and stepped up with numerous enhancements to their properties." 
Rounding out major contributors to the project was the firm of Willson Steinkopf, who did the plantings. 
These APWA awards are in addition to the 2010 Michigan Plaque awarded to the Grand River Avenue Streetscape by Keep Michigan Beautiful, Inc. Later in the year, according to Gushman, the Streetscape will also be considered for an award at the national level of the American Publics Works Association.