Two Projects Receive ENR Honors

Larry Eckersley

Two Freese and Nichols projects have been named to ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2016 Best Projects. The Center for Excellence in Energy Technology at Tarrant County College was named the region’s Top Green Project, and Moody Bridge on the University of Texas Austin campus received an Award of Merit in the Small Project category. The Energy Technology Center now becomes eligible for ENR’s national competition.

Education and Sustainability

The Center for Excellence in Energy Technology is the first new building on the Tarrant County College South Campus since the campus opened nearly 50 years ago. Landscaped with bioswales and native plantings, and shaded by solar panels, the Center was designed to a stretch goal of LEED Platinum standards. Speaking at the building’s dedication, President and CEO Bob Pence described the Center’s twofold mission as education and sustainability. Project Manager Allen McRee notes that the Center supports learning opportunities in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies (HART) not available at other schools in North Texas, and will host programs in newer areas of geothermal, wind generation, active solar and oil and gas technologies.

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A Bridge for Communications

The Moody Pedestrian Bridge at the University of Texas at Austin is the first inverted, modified Fink Truss bridge in the United States. With an overall length of 302 feet and a high tower of 65 feet, the bridge is supported from the ground at only one location, in the median of West Dean Keeton Street. Spans of about 150 feet on each side of the tower bear on the two buildings with only upward force.

The bridge connects the old and new buildings of the Moody College of Communications. Freese and Nichols was a sub to Rosales + Partners, who designed the bridge.

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Two Projects Receive ENR Honors

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Alan Greer

Chief Business Development Officer

Two projects on which Freese and Nichols has worked have been honored by Engineering News-Record in its Best of the Best Projects 2015 competition.

Best Airport Project
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – Terminal A Phase II was named the Best of the Best in the Airport/Transit category. This project was part of the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), a $3.2 billion overhaul of the airport’s four original terminal buildings — A, B, C and E. The program is estimated to be completed in 2021; most recently, the second phase of Terminal B opened in March. Freese and Nichols has led program management of TRIP since 2010. Read the ENR article

Best Highway Project
North Tarrant Express – Segments 1 & 2W was named the Best of the Best in the Bridge/Highway category. To relieve congestion in one of North Texas’ worst bottlenecks, this $2.05 billion project reconstructed 13 miles of highway along Northeast Loop 820 and Airport Freeway — adding four managed toll lanes, upgrading the main lanes and replacing 18 bridges. As a subconsultant to CSJ Engineering Associates, Freese and Nichols provided fast-track utility evaluation and relocation design services. Our team relocated 32 water and wastewater conflicts totaling nearly 15,000 linear feet in Hurst and Fort Worth. We are also performing similar work on North Tarrant Express Segment 3A, a $1.4 billion expansion project along Interstate 35W in Fort Worth. Read the ENR article

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Alan Greer, P.E., is the Chief Business Development Officer for Infrastructure in Fort Worth.