Freese and Nichols Adds Christopher T. Tolar to Environmental Team with Large Infrastructure Focus

Freese and Nichols has added Christopher Tolar to our Environmental Science and Coastal Group, continuing to broaden the team’s expertise to provide comprehensive environmental solutions for large infrastructure projects.

Chris has more than 21 years of experience in the public and private sectors and served in a lead environmental management role on multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects. He also has extensive experience on transportation projects, including as an environmental compliance specialist with the Texas Department of Transportation, where he coordinated National Environmental Policy Act documentation to advance more than 400 projects.

“Chris has a special combination of insights: he understands the needs of the public agency, the project owner, the developer and the consultant,” said Robert Chambers, Principal and manager of Freese and Nichols’ Environmental Science and Coastal Group. “He’ll be able to help us develop solutions that accommodate the needs of all the parties involved on complex projects.”

Chris is well-versed in alternative project delivery methods, including Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build, and in developing comprehensive environmental protection for complex P3 and D-B projects. He understands the complexities of environmental compliance at both the federal and state levels and has coordinated with multiple regulatory entities, including TxDOT, the North Texas Tollway Authority, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Federal Transit Authority, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Highway Administration.

He received his BS in environmental science/chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University.