Freese and Nichols Hires Lewis Bernard to Lead Stormwater Pump Station Projects

Freese and Nichols has hired Lewis Bernard, PE, a broadly experienced mechanical engineer, to lead stormwater pump station projects and help expand our flood protection solutions for clients along the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States.

Lewis has led diverse design teams on multimillion-dollar projects involving stormwater, wastewater and raw water pump stations over the past 14 years. His expertise covers a wide range of pump station mechanical system elements, and he has experience with permitting from federal, state and local agencies.

Lewis, a Tulane University graduate, started his career working on projects to help the New Orleans region recover from Hurricane Katrina’s devastating flooding. He has handled projects for multiple public entities, including Louisiana parish governments, local agencies and the Flood Protection Authority-East, which covers Orleans, East Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.

“Hurricane Harvey and other recent storms along the Gulf Coast have shown the extent to which communities and facilities need stronger flood protections and tools to prevent stormwater damage,” said Alan Hutson, Freese and Nichols’ Group Manager for Transmission and Utilities in Southeast Texas. “Lewis brings a strong understanding of every aspect of stormwater pump stations and the experience to lead projects involving the kinds of large pumps and drivers required to clear massive amounts of water during major storms.”

Lewis is licensed as a Mechanical Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.