Management and Consulting Services

For more than a century we’ve worked with public-sector clients, teaching us how to listen. We can go beyond traditional engineering services to address your overall business challenges. We leverage our deep institutional knowledge to help you gain better ROI on your budgets, improve your resource management, optimize your operations, and address the changing trends you face each day.

Our consulting services are geared towards problem-solving at a higher level – from finding funding for projects, to delivering construction projects faster, to creating plans for long-term maintenance of facilities and systems.

We can offer capital programs planning and help prioritize your overall project portfolio. We can analyze the economic feasibility of an upcoming project, assist in writing your RFP, or help you maneuver with various state and national agencies to get your project permitted. No matter your goal, we’re here to advise, guide, assess, review, plan, design, and ultimately help your whole organization succeed.

Asset Management

With increasing infrastructure needs and shrinking budgets, many municipalities and water districts are working proactively to prioritize system renewal with a risk-based approach. Our team offers a full range of asset management and condition assessment services that help you act as stewards of your facilities and budgets. We use a quantitative method based on condition and criticality to assess each system component and develop a prioritized Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for renewal.

Our Asset Management Framework

  • Asset management readiness assessment
  • Data inventory, performance tracking and gap analysis
  • Level of service targets
  • Condition and criticality analysis
  • Risk-based assessment
  • Capacity analysis (modeling)
  • Business-case prioritized CIP
  • Preventative maintenance programs
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Featured Projects

  • Condition Assessment Program, North Texas Municipal Water District
  • Interceptor Condition Assessment Program (ICAP), City of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Water Efficiency and Condition Assessment, City of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Central Regional Wastewater System GIS Asset-Based Inventory, Trinity River Authority, Texas
  • Water Master Plan and Renewal Prioritization, City of Garland, Texas
  • Asset Management Development Plan, City of Garland, Texas
  • Fort Hood Stormwater Master Planning, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Pond Dam Safety Program, City of Austin, Texas
  • Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, City of College Station, Texas
  • Software Integration for Asset Management Program, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2, Texas
  • Lake Texoma Pump Station Expansion, North Texas Municipal Water District
  • Pavement Management System, City of Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Water Facilities Condition Assessment Program, City of Richardson, Texas
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Project Funding

Freese and Nichols understands the growing demands on public entities’ budgets, and we know how challenging it is to secure funding assistance. With years of experience working with state agencies, federal agencies and financial institutions, our funding team has helped our clients secure almost $3 billion in loans and grants for projects. We help you identify funding sources for capital improvement initiatives, select the right opportunity, navigate the application process, and ultimately obtain the funding you need.

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Our funding services
  • Funding identification and selection
  • Application preparation and coordination
  • Cost estimates
  • Public meetings, hearings and notices
  • Communication with funding agencies
  • Tailoring invoices to meet funding agency reporting requirements
  • Program compliance
  • Management of projects using grants and loans
Types of funding we pursue
  • Feasibility study grants
  • Planning grants and loans
  • Design grants and loans
  • Construction grants and loans
  • Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Collaborative project delivery
  • Rate studies
  • Impact fees
Our clients’ most popular programs
  • Texas Water Development Board
  • EPA State Revolving Funds
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Mitigation Program
  • CDBG Disaster Recovery Program
  • FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)
  • DOT Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants

Featured Projects

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, City of Brady, Texas
  • Raw Water Pump Station, City of Beaumont, Texas
  • Funding Assistance, City of Kerrville, Texas
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, City of Cleburne, Texas
  • Funding Applications, North Alamo Water Supply Corporation, Texas
  • Wolf Creek Restoration at Goode Park, Roanoke County, Virginia
  • Principal Forgiveness, City of Weatherford, Texas
  • Main Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements, City of Port Arthur, Texas
  • Bois d’Arc Lake, North Texas Municipal Water District
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Collaborative Project Delivery

Collaborative project delivery, also known as alternative project delivery, fosters relationships among project stakeholders and leverages the power of construction input in the design process to improve project outcomes.  Our team is experienced in Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR); Design-Build (DB), both fixed-price and progressive; and Public-Private Partnerships (P3). Serving as your trusted advisor, we help you evaluate your capital plans to determine which approaches are feasible and appropriate, then represent your best interests through every step of the project. As your design professional, we deliver quality projects that achieve your life-cycle cost objectives.

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We can serve various roles depending on the procurement method:
  • Technical advisor
  • Procurement advisor
  • Technical services support
  • Construction management services
  • Design professional services, for CMAR and Design-Build projects
The benefits from CPD methods include:
  • Accelerated schedules
  • Greater cost savings
  • Improved project quality
  • Reduced risk
  • Consideration of life-cycle cost, not just capital cost
  • A collaborative environment mitigating confrontation

Featured Projects

  • Bois d’Arc Lake Dam, Treatment Plants, and Transmission System, North Texas Municipal Water District
  • Lake Texoma-to-Wylie Pipeline, North Texas Municipal Water District
  • East Hiram Sewer Improvements, Paulding County, Georgia
  • Middendorf Springs Wetland and Stream Restoration, North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services
  • Ward County Water Supply Project, Colorado River Municipal Water District, Texas
  • Abilene Bond Program Management, City of Abilene, Texas
  • Texas High-Speed Rail, Texas Central Railway
  • Central Texas College Sports Complex, Central Texas College
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