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Palominas project receives Cemex Building Award

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The Palominas Flood Protection and Groundwater Recharge project in Cochise County, AZ, has been recognised at the XXIV Cemex Building Awards. The project aimed to solve a long-term, reoccurring problem of sheet flow flooding a local elementary school.

The San Pedro River Recharge Network was created to undertake the pilot project. It included the Walton Foundation, Cochise County, Fort Huachuca, the Nature Conservancy and City of Sierra Vista. Cemex’s Sierra Vista Plant joined forces with KE&G construction to complete the project within a three-month time frame, during the monsoon season.

“Without the daily support from Cemex, KE&G would have never made the time frame required to beat the summer rains,” said Larry Saunders, KE&G Senior Project Manager.

“Cemex was committed to meeting the challenges of this project head-on while helping our customers achieve their goals with this vital project,” said Eric Wittmann, Regional President, West Region, Cemex USA.

The project included a large detention basin that holds storm water run-off, as well as dry wells and infiltration trenches located on 290 acres.

The project has been recognised with two awards from the Arizona Association of Counties: the Judge’s Merit Award for Innovation of the Year and the American Public Works Project of the Year in the Environmental Category under US$5 million. Most recently, the project placed third in the Infrastructure and Urbanism Category at the XXIV Cemex Building Awards.

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