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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 122 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. Please join us as we visit them.

New Sight for Old Pipes

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A Landmark in More Ways Than One

August 05, 2016

At the University of Texas at Austin, the new Moody Pedestrian Bridge is an iconic gateway to campus and a safe crossing for students. It’s also a landmark achievement for bridge design. Designed by noted bridge designer Miguel Rosales, the bridge is the first inverted Fink truss in the nation...

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When Every Minute Matters

August 05, 2016

It was late afternoon on the Friday before Memorial Day 2015, but as most people were starting their holiday weekend, the City of Wichita Falls had more pressing concerns. The weather service was projecting that the next day, the Wichita River would crest potentially as high as 30 feet — 6 feet...

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Bringing Wetlands Back to Life

August 05, 2016

Along the Texas Gulf Coast, a tidal ecosystem was declining. Sediment and oyster shell had accumulated over a few decades, cutting off the inlet and blocking tidal exchanges. As water quality deteriorated, vegetation and fish followed. The bird population declined, as did tourism and...

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High Tech, Low Cost

August 05, 2016

In the fast-growing Town of Morrisville, Freese and Nichols is helping stormwater staff become more efficient. Our team developed a stormwater database that enables staff to easily track illicit discharges and drainage concerns reported by residents. Within that database, our team built a...

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The Perfect Blend for Revitalization

August 04, 2016

Cities nationwide develop downtown plans every year, but many end up gathering dust. Even when plans cast good vision for streetscapes or land use, they are difficult to implement when they do not address realities such as market forces and infrastructure. For Port Arthur, Freese and Nichols...

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A Community Bonds Together

August 04, 2016

By 2010, the City of Hickory was in a devastating decline, having lost more than 45,000 jobs and nearly 25 percent of its young adults. City leaders took bold action: They cast a vision that included a new Riverwalk with waterfront economic opportunities (rendering shown above), a...

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A Race Against Time

August 03, 2016

When a creek slope failed along Kee Branch in February 2015, more than property was at risk. A large-diameter sewer line was within feet from exposure, and a failure of the line could release thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the creek. Thanks to a strong relationship with the City of...

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Evoking the Past to Envision the Future

August 03, 2016

As West Texas experienced unprecedented population growth, the City of Odessa began its first comprehensive plan in 25 years. However, it soon became clear that traditional methods were not attracting the public participation vital for an effective plan. To get residents curious and engaged, the...

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New Solutions Brought to Light

August 02, 2016

This composite elevated storage tank is the first in the nation to be lighted with linear LED fixtures. Because the project site was smaller than normal, traditional pole-mounted lights would have to be aimed skyward at an angle close to five degrees of vertical. Such a configuration would have...

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From Concept to Completion

August 02, 2016

We help our clients solve their transportation challenges by guiding them through every step of the process. Two great examples come from the City of Norman.

Norman’s first-ever comprehensive transportation plan addresses roadway, transit, pedestrian and bicycle planning in one cohesive...

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