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Engineer Daniel Haskins’ Projects Earn Awards

November 10th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Engineer Daniel Haskins’ Projects Earn Awards

By City of Chandler

A 40-year-old professional engineer, Dan Haskins is on a win streak.

Two infrastructure improvement projects he managed for the city recently won prestigious awards for their excellence in management and administration, construction techniques and safety performance.

One of the projects was even named “Best New Attraction in a Downtown” by Phoenix Magazine.

Haskins joined the city in 2016 and, along with five others in his work group, manages various public works projects in the city. He presently has 15 projects on his plate, ranging from large street improvements to small pocket parks.

The award-winning projects were the widening of the Alma School Road/Chandler Boulevard intersection and a downtown Chandler project that extended Dakota Street, rebuilt Commonwealth Avenue and rehabilitated a historic Salt River Project canal.

The Alma School/Chandler Boulevard project received a 2018 Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona and was named Transportation Project of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

The Dakota Street/Commonwealth Avenue project received an Award of Distinction by the Arizona Forward Association.

Haskins graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in civil engineering and began his career in 2001 at Stanley Consultants, an engineering consulting firm in Phoenix.

“I was in Phoenix most of the time, then went to Utah for six months and then Prescott for a year,” Haskins said.

One of his most memorable projects while employed by Stanley was the construction of State Route 51 in Phoenix. Now known as the Piestewa Peak Parkway, the multi-lane freeway project included noise walls decorated with large pottery embedded in the concrete or balanced atop the walls.

The pots were controversial and often ridiculed. Haskins was an inspector on the project and said one upset neighbor even placed a golden commode atop one of the walls in protest. It made all the papers.

Following 10 years at Stanley, Haskins hired on at the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), working his way up to senior resident engineer.

Among the larger projects he managed locally were sections of the Loop 303 freeway in the west Valley and the Loop 101 freeway on the east side.

A resident of Chandler, Haskins tired of the long commutes to his ADOT office in Phoenix and hired on as a project manager at the city.

“We just had our second daughter and I wanted to be closer to home and build things in my neighborhood,” Haskins said.

Included in his current list of projects is the Arizona Avenue Improvement project occurring south of downtown. The stretch of roadway between Pecos and Frye roads is receiving new landscaping, wider sidewalks, raised medians, bike lanes, streetlights, fresh pavement and a new traffic signal at Fairview Street.

Another of his projects, which is about to go to construction, is the Oregon Street parking garage. It will be located on the northwest corner of Chicago and Oregon streets and include a minimum of 930 parking spaces, adding parking options for those accessing restaurants, shops and businesses in bustling downtown Chandler.

Haskins was raised in the Chicago area, is married to wife, Mindy, and has two daughters, ages two and four. He enjoys golf and Fantasy Football, but gets the greatest enjoyment playing with his kids. And he enjoys working for Chandler.

“Now I get to build things my family gets to use; it’s the best part of my job,” Haskins said.