PIQUA — The Piqua Power System was recently honored with an Environmental Excellence award from the National Demolition Association (NDA) for their redevelopment project and improvements behind the old Piqua Power Plant on Main Street.
The project, which was completed in the fall of 2014, removed old equipment from the power plant that is no longer in use and made new additions to the section of the bike path that is routed behind the old power plant. The new additions to the bike path included new pavement, benches and bike racks, and a concrete deck overlooking the Great Miami River. They also made the river more accessible, such as for people who want to fish alongside the river.
The project was not only for aesthetic improvements, but also a means to remediate some environmental issues, including cleaning up the site and placing a two-foot topsoil cap over the top of the area there.
“I could not be more pleased with the final product we have produced at Piqua’s majestic power plant, situated along Piqua’s Linear Park and Great Miami River,” said Ed Kreiger, director of the Piqua Power System.“This project has become a focal point for our community and would not have been possible without the contributions of so many dedicated and professional individuals and organizations, including our Miami County grant partners and the resulting project funding made available through the state of Ohio’s Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund.
“This project was truly a team effort and this award testifies our efforts were focused in the right direction, as we have helped create an enjoyable and special destination along the city’s recreation corridors, while preserving part of Piqua’s history.”
Kreiger added that, thanks to the grant from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund, “We were able to get this project completed with less capital investment than it would have taken to do it ourselves.”
Piqua’s contractor, Homrich of Carleton, Mich., was presented the award in the Community Enhancement category at the NDA Demolition Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla. Senior Project Manager Paul Brant said, “The Homrich team is proud of this recognition. Projects were submitted from across the nation and we are extremely pleased to have been involved in a project that truly enhanced the Piqua community.”
“It’s a real destination point for the city,” Kreiger said about the path behind the old power plant.
Kreiger added that this was a national award and the city was competing with project across the country.
“We’re real excited about it,” Kreiger said about the recognition. “It provides some good positive feedback on the project.” Kreiger said that the recognition was “good, positive confirmation that what we thought all along was true,” being that the project added to the community and improved a part of the city for its residents and visitors.
“That was our vision for the project to begin with,” Kreiger said.
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