The City of St. Petersburg has recently been recognized for engineering excellence in its Public Works Administration.

The Engineering & Capital Improvements Department has received state and national recognition from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). The organization named the City’s Lift Station 87 Wet Weather Flow Transfer Project a winner of a National Award of Merit in the Water/Wastewater category.

The new lift station and associated pipeline will help balance wet weather flow between the Northwest Water Reclamation Facility and the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility, as well as improve the reliability of wastewater service for residents.

The Lift Station 87 Wet Weather Flow Transfer project was also honored by Engineering News-Record (ENR) for innovation, design quality and robust implementation. ENR Southeast named it one of the best in the region with an Award of Merit in the Water/Environment category.

“The Power of Words” was a multimedia exhibit blending nature, art and technology into one immersive experience. The art installation invited visitors into a world where language dissolved, yet kindness resonated. As guests explored the exhibit’s physical and augmented reality components, they discovered the artist’s unique typographic language: vibrant red words that weaved emotions and meanings around the area’s natural landscape. The installation showcased the enduring strength of emotions, symbols and the resilience of the human spirit while asking, “Can kindness go beyond words?”

Bal Harbour Mayor Jeffrey Freimark said, “In Bal Harbour Village, we have a collective commitment to fostering cultural enrichment within the community. We are regularly searching for opportunities to invest in the arts and making art accessible to our community.”

With an abundance of art installations throughout the Village and access to art and cultural institutions around South Florida, Bal Harbour is living up to this promise. The exhibit exemplified human connection and transcended cultures and languages, while bringing forward a positive message of global unity, Freimark said.

The commissioned exhibit was one of many events in the Village’s Unscripted Bal Harbour Miami Art Week program. Read more at