Freese and Nichols Receives Honors on Three Projects from ENR

Three projects on which Freese and Nichols has worked on have been honored by ENR Texas & Louisiana in its Best Projects 2019 competition. The magazine received 132 entries, and the judges selected just 17 Best Projects and 17 Awards of Merit across 18 categories.

Trail Bridge at Congress Avenue

Award of Merit, Small Projects (Under $10 Million) category

Along Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, the Trail Bridge allows pedestrians and cyclists to pass under bustling Congress Avenue, and it’s a popular destination for visitors to observe Austin’s famous bat colony. The original trail passage under Congress Avenue was narrow, congested and dangerous. Freese and Nichols designed a new, modern pedestrian bridge that enhanced safety, increased capacity, improved visual appeal with views of the bat colony, and lowered the city’s maintenance costs.

Lubbock Pump Station No. 10

Award of Merit, Water/Environmental category

Freese and Nichols designed the replacement of Pump Station 10, in one of Lubbock’s upscale neighborhoods. The old pump station was having foundational problems as a result of rising groundwater. Our team studied the water model – both current and future conditions – to determine which pumps would provide the City with reliable and flexible operations. The replacement pump station design included four 5-MGD vertical turbine pumps in cans and four 480V variable frequency drives. The new pump station is in the same location as the existing pump station, which required significant construction phasing to avoid disruption of service. It was also one of our first pump stations modeled in Revit.

North Tarrant Express 35W

Best Project, Highway/Bridge category

The $1.6 billion North Tarrant Express project reconstructed and expanded interstate 35W in Fort Worth. As a subconsultant to CSJ Engineering Associates, Freese and Nichols performed fast-track utility relocation design of 20,000 feet of water lines and 11,000 feet of wastewater lines along Segment 3A.


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