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When assessing each project, Freese and Nichols strives to evaluate feasible options and provide alternatives that fit the project and client needs. For the City of Round Rock, Freese and Nichols devised a solution to partially decommission a dam to make a project more affordable yet achieve the same goals of declassifying the structure as a dam. Partially decommissioning a dam entails removing a section from the embankment to allow the stream to flow in a somewhat natural manner and removing the detention capability while retaining the majority of the earthen abutments. The Texas...

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This year’s Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA) Spring Conference was held in Sugarland, Texas from May 21-24, 2013.

Freese and Nichols’ staff presented with the City of Round Rock on the partial decommission of Stone Oak Dam, which is now available for download (click the title to view the presentation):

Stone Oak Dam: To Breach or Not to Breach, That is the Question

  • Kim Patak, P.E., CFM, CPESC – Freese
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 20 marked completion of Bee Cave Parkway and the culmination of more than a decade of work for Freese and Nichols.

About Bee Cave Parkway

Bee Cave Parkway is a new four-lane thoroughfare in Bee Cave, west of Austin, that relieves congestion on two highways and provides access to a park, a music venue and future residential developments. The project began in 2001 with preliminary alignments and continued with the...

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TagsTXDOT, landscape architecture,

Project Overview
The City of Austin Watershed Protection Division (WPD) retained Freese and Nichols (FNI) to retrofit an existing Central Austin dry stormwater detention facility by integrating it with a new stormwater water quality wet pond. The WPD’s goal was to protect their community by reducing the impact of flooding, maintaining and improving water quality and creating a stable stream system to prevent erosion. FNI’s integration of a wet pond into the existing dry detention pond helped the WPD achieve these goals for stormwater runoff into Waller Creek.

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TagsWet Pond, Water Quality, Sustainability, Detention, Design,

As part of the firm’s Bee Cave Parkway project, Freese and Nichols designed a two-span pedestrian and cyclist crossing under Bee Cave Parkway and alongside Freitag Creek to provide access to the city park. Throughout the project, keeping close to Freitag Creek’s natural features was crucial to the City.

Innovative Creek Crossing under Bee Cave Parkway
Freese and Nichols innovatively designed Freitag Creek’s two-span pedestrian crossing under Bee Cave Parkway as a multi-purpose facility able to provide pedestrian and cyclist access as well as convey stormwater...

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TagsSustainability, Projects, Innovation,

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