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Innovation in Action

At Freese and Nichols, we understand that your challenges have become larger, costlier and more complicated. This is where we thrive. For 125 years, we’ve built our reputation on innovative client service, guiding organizations large and small through their toughest problems.

Innovation is the essence of the Freese and Nichols culture. From tuition assistance to research funding, we’ve structured our company to inspire innovation every day. The results are solutions for our clients that span disciplines and geography. Read more in our annual Innovation Report.


Featured Innovation: Redesigning For a Safer Future

March 16, 2020

An expanding population in the City of El Reno means a lot more drivers on the Central Oklahoma community’s roadways.

The City’s main intersection of U.S. 81 and State Highway 66 saw an increase in accidents and congestion, along with issues...

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Featured Innovation: Finding Water, Saving Energy

February 19, 2020

The North Alamo Water Supply Corporation serves 180,000 residents in the Rio Grande Valley.

To keep up with demand that’s expected to more than double over the next 50 years, NAWSC sought to increase the amount of potable water produced through its...

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Inspired Innovation: A $2.5 Billion Pipeline

January 14, 2020

The Integrated Pipeline (IPL) program is a large complex multiphase and multidecade project to expand water capacity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by an additional 350 MGD.

The goal of the $2.5 billion transmission system, jointly owned by the Tarrant...

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A Living Shoreline

December 09, 2019

Schicke Point, on Matagorda Bay on the Texas Gulf Coast, has lost 30 acres of intertidal marsh to shoreline erosion over the past 25 years.

Fifty more acres — and a migratory songbird habitat — were at risk as well.To re-establish the marsh, Freese and Nichols’ coastal team designed a 1....

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Protection Meets Recreation

October 08, 2019

Recreation-minded residents of Cedar Park and Austin know Upper Brushy Creek Dam 7 for the trail that runs across the dam into Brushy Creek Lake Park.

However, Dam 7 also provides flood control to many homes and businesses downstream in an area that was farmland when the dam was built...

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Less Grit for a Longer Life

September 12, 2019

When grit is not sufficiently removed from influent wastewater, it significantly impacts a wastewater treatment plant.

Grit wears down equipment faster, reduces treatment capacity by depositing in basins, and necessitates more frequent maintenance.

The City of Houston has long...

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A Better View of Austin’s Bats

September 05, 2019

The more than 2.6 million visitors who use the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike-Trail each year now have a safer route underneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge — and a better view of its famous bat colony.

Partnering with The Trail...

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Renovations for Readiness

August 05, 2019

For eight years and counting, Freese and Nichols has been helping the Texas Army National Guard upgrade aging facilities across the state.

In an effort that combines utility audits, condition assessments and asset management,...

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Mapping Better Asset Management

May 13, 2019

The Central Regional Wastewater System is one of the largest treatment plants in Texas, and its owner, the Trinity River Authority (TRA), wanted to be able to identify work order locations spatially and provide its employees a spatial reference of work order location.

It needed a system...

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Bringing Back the Creek

April 12, 2019

Glade Creek flows through an urban park and is stocked with trout, making it a popular destination for anglers.

However, the creek’s banks were severely eroding, causing high sediment loads to settle in the overly wide channel.

Freese and Nichols is restoring the creek...

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