Freese And Nichols Adds Chris Belk in Raleigh to Deepen Water/Wastewater Services

Freese and Nichols continues expanding its water/wastewater utilities capabilities, welcoming Chris Belk, PE, as a senior project manager in the Raleigh office.

Belk has more than two decades of experience in water/wastewater master planning and pipeline design, hydraulic and mechanical design, and environmental permitting.

He has led numerous conveyance projects for North Carolina municipalities, including RaleighDurham and Cary. And he’ll help Freese and Nichols expand services for clients across the state and the southeastern United States.

Belk’s design experience includes detailed hydraulic analyses for plant expansions and raw wastewater conveyance systems; pipeline routing, design and material selection; permitting of water/wastewater facilities; piping and mechanical equipment layout; and infrastructure site selection. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.

An effective facilitator at public meetings, he can bring together diverse stakeholders in the interest of completing projects to help communities thrive.

“Along with technical expertise, Chris brings leadership and marketing experience to our water/wastewater services group,” said Mike Wayts, Freese and Nichols’ North Carolina Division Manager. “He’s built strong client relationships and a reputation for excellence across the state through work that’s having an important impact on our region.”

Belk was project manager for the recently completed Falls Lake Reallocation Project, which is designed to meet water needs of the City of Raleigh and Eastern Wake County to the year 2047.

He is a past chair of the North Carolina American Water Works Association – Water Environment Association, and he has received a Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award for his volunteer service to Water For People, AWWA’s humanitarian organization dedicated to bringing safe water and sanitation services to communities across the globe.

Belk received a master’s in Environmental Engineering and a bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University. He also has a bachelor’s in Anthropology from Wake Forest University.