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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.


Frisco Goes Even Greener with Repurposed Reuse Facilities for New PGA Headquarters

June 30, 2020

When the project is complete, Frisco's existing water reuse system, shown by the black lines above, will be significantly expanded, as shown by the blue lines.

By Clayton Barnard and Steven Rhodes

When the new...

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Featured Innovation: Rehabilitation Without Interruption

April 28, 2020

The Leon Creek Water Recycling Center, a key component of the San Antonio Water System , needed updating, particularly to automate some of the inefficient processes that were straining the facility’s operating budget and staff.

Freese and Nichols led...

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Featured Innovation: Empowering Town Staff

April 14, 2020

Freese and Nichols partnered with the Town of Chapel Hil l to develop and implement a new way to manage their projects.

This approach incorporated the Town’s culture of inclusiveness and transparency, with input from more than 20 project...

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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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