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Specialty Team Assists Corps of Engineers to Boost Hurricane Protection for Port Arthur and Refineries

October 28, 2020
Freese and Nichols, COWI and CDM Smith are teaming to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ multi­bil­lion-dollar effort to improve hurricane flood protection along the Gulf Coast.
Port Arthur, Texas

PORT ARTHUR—The FNI, COWI & CDM Smith Joint Venture (FCC-JV) is providing design services to support the USACE Galveston District and Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 on an $863 million project to improve levees and floodwalls protecting a 65-square-mile area that includes Port Arthur and adjacent communities.

The Port Arthur and Vicinity (PAV) project is a key component of the USACE’s Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Program, known as S2G. The S2G program covers 120 miles of the upper Texas coast, providing coastal storm risk management (CSRM) measures to improve the performance and resiliency of the existing hurricane flood protection features at Port Arthur (Jefferson County) and Freeport (Brazoria County). The integrated system to enhance coastal safety includes new hurricane flood protection features at Orange County.

Port Arthur is a nationally important petroleum processing center and deep-water port (ranked #18 among U.S. ports in tonnage) and represents more than 60% of jet fuel production for the U.S. The PAV project includes: Raising of 27.8 miles of earthen levee and floodwall; replacement of 26 closure structures; pump station fronting wall protection; and integrated erosion protection features throughout.

The FCC-JV is assisting USACE with designing the PAV03A segment that includes raising approx­i­mately 5.5 miles of levee and floodwall features, pump station fronting wall protection and roadway and railroad closure gate structures. The PAV03A project is on an aggressive 12-month design schedule in support of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA18) high-priority project require­ments.

Supporting the FCC-JV are several local and regional subcon­trac­tors including GENTERRA Consultants, Inc., Tolunay-Wong Engineers, infraTECH Engineers, GreenPoint, Geospatial Technical Partners JV, Vali Cooper Inter­na­tional and Strategic Value Solutions.

The FNI, COWI & CDM Smith Joint Venture was formed to bring together the capa­bil­i­ties and resources of three firms with comple­men­tary corporate visions and core values that have worked together for public clients to support USACE Galveston District’s Civil Works mission. The FCC-JV includes a deep bench of A-E profes­sion­als with USACE design experience and 20 small business subcon­trac­tors, totaling 19,000 resources ready to deliver multiple concurrent large and complex projects.

Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI), was established in 1894 and has been providing planning and engineering services to USACE and its customers since 1950. FNI provides A-E services to the USACE Fort Worth and Galveston local sponsor agencies, including the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Harris County Flood Control District, Fort Bend County, Port Freeport, City of Houston, City of Galveston, City of Corpus Christi and many communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey flood events.

COWI North America, Inc. (COWI), is a leader in bridge, tunnel and marine engineering solutions, built on 80 years of inter­na­tional experience building upon legacy company’s Ben C. Gerwick and Ocean and Coastal Consultants (marine), Buckland & Taylor (bridge) and Jenny Engineering (tunnel). COWI’s network of resources stretches beyond North America, and they are involved in more than 17,000 projects, with over 200 in the marine infra­struc­ture sector at any given time.

CDM Smith is one of the nation’s premier engineering and construc­tion (E&C) firms and has supported USACE civil works and water resources programs since the 1950s. As an integrated E&C firm, CDM Smith is a pre-eminent provider of Alternative Project Delivery services for infra­struc­ture. CDM Smith has worked for 20 USACE Districts across the U.S. and overseas and has performed more than 1,700 USACE assignments totaling over $700 million.

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