Joint Venture Supports Multibillion-Dollar Coastal Protection Program

Freese and Nichols has joined with California-based GENTERRA Consultants to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Project designed to enhance hurricane protections along the entire Texas Gulf Coast.

The GENTERRA-Freese and Nichols Small Business Joint Venture (GCFN-JV) is providing design services support to a Stantec-Jacobs team leading work on the $1.9 billion Orange County (Texas) portion of the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay project, which is known as S2G.

The USACE Galveston District’s S2G project covers 120 miles of upper Texas coast and will provide coastal storm risk management (CSRM) measures to improve the performance and resiliency of existing hurricane flood protection features at Port Arthur in Jefferson County and Freeport in Brazoria County, and to provide or a new levee/floodwall system at Orange.

The Orange project includes 26.7 miles of new CSRM infrastructure in southeast Texas at the Sabine and Neches River floodplains from Orange to west of Orangefield, Texas. The project will improve the region’s preparation for natural disasters and fortify resilience against effects of climate change, sea-level rise and extreme rainfall.

The project includes seven design packages with these features:

  • 15.6 miles of new levees
  • 10.7 miles of new concrete floodwalls and gates
  • Seven new pump stations to mitigate interior flooding during surge events
  • 453 acres of marsh restored through a mitigation plan
  • 560 acres of forested wetlands

GCFN-JV’s role includes a wide range of water resources engineering design support for levee, floodwall and pump station infrastructure. (See more on Freese and Nichols’ role in the Port Arthur segment of S2G.)

This is the second major contract for the Joint Venture between Freese and Nichols and GENTERRA, which specializes in dams and hydraulic structures. The team has been selected by USACE to support the Jacksonville, Florida, and Galveston Districts, which currently include some of the largest Civil Works CSRM and Flood Risk Management programs in the nation. GCFN-JV was formed through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s  Mentor-Protégé program. Through the program, mentors assist protégé companies with pursuing and delivering federal contracts and advise them on business management areas, such as operations, accounting, strategic planning and business development approaches.

For more information about the GCFN-JV program and contracts, please contact:

GENTERRA Consultants, Inc.
Protégé and Managing Partner

Joseph J. Kulikowski, PE, GE 
GENTERRA President, CEO,
GCFN-JV Program Manager, Sr. Principal Engineer
15375 Barranca Pkwy., Bldg. L, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-8766 |

Freese and Nichols, Inc
Mentor and Participating Partner

Jeffrey L. Scarborough
Freese and Nichols Federal Program Director
GCFN-JV Deputy Program Manager
10497 Town and Country Way, Houston, TX 77024
(832) 456-4765 |