In 50 years living in Clear Lake City, Spyros Varsos had never seen the floodwater get so high. During a historic rainstorm two years ago, he watched anxiously as it quickly accumulated in the street outside his three-bedroom home. So this summer when even heavier rains drenched the greater Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, he was even more fearful.
When constructed in the 1960s, Clear Lake City—a master-planned community on the southeastern edge of Houston—featured a golf course at its center for recreation and relied exclusively on drainage channels for managing stormwater runoff. Over time, the golf course eventually would go out of business, and the drainage channels would prove inadequate to the task of accommodating the increasing volumes of runoff resulting from newer area and upstream development.
Civil and environmental engineering — as a profession — is becoming increasingly computer based. A drainage engineer cannot easily conjure a physical model of a 100-year storm, even in the best equipped laboratory. Also, use of this “physical model” for evaluating a suite of project alternatives to inform final design would be next to impossible under time and budget constraints.
For these reasons, computer modeling is at the core of success for modern day civil engineering. Modeling allows engineers to gather firm insights on real-world dynamics. Modeling allows engineers to simulate “what-if” scenarios that — in the real world — would prove impractical to test.
As residents across Houston continue the clean-up following Hurricane Harvey, leaders at the local, state and national levels are looking to next steps that will enhance the region’s hurricane and flood resiliency. The Houston-Galveston region has been and will continue to be vulnerable to the joint flood hazards that come with tropical cyclones near the Gulf Coast, explains Dr. Jacob Torres, senior project engineer with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
(DALLAS – Oct 09, 2017) The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) has selected civil engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to provide railroad engineering services for its rail projects over the next three years.
As a general rule of thumb, water well drilling jobs have a set timeline — they may take a day, they may take months, but not forever. And, almost always, the client owns the well and the property it resides on — they may be a homeowner, they may be a municipality, but the product is theirs to keep. Layne Christensen Company, one of the largest water well drilling companies in the country, is turning these two traditions on their heads.
In light of rising demand for water in fracking operations, the company is growing from a well producer to a water supplier. Layne expects water usage within the energy sector to more than double over the next two years, especially in the Delaware Basin. While Layne handled all water well-related work in-house, third-party contractors installed the pump stations, storage pits and pipeline. Since each aspect of the project was handled simultaneously, Layne contracted engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) to oversee design and construction.
When Clear Lake City was established in the 1960s, a golf course was built in the middle of the master-planned community. Today, that golf course is preventing nearby homes from flooding. The redevelopment project, Exploration Green, is turning the golf course into a green space with five detention ponds. The first pond, though not quite finished, protected at least 150 houses from flooding during Harvey, project leaders said. When completed, Exploration Green is expected to protect between 2,000 and 3,000 homes.
In 2005, the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) began constructing a water transmission system to prepare the far western Houston area for mandated conversion from groundwater to surface water. One of the projects in this system, known as Contract 34, involved the installation of approximately 18,700 lf of 30- and 24-in. potable water lines from north of Cypress North Houston Road to Harris County MUD 371/374 Water Plant.
Located in the heart of central Texas is the growing City of Killeen. Lured by cheap land and a strong economy, people moving in from other states could drive population up 36% over the next two decades to nearly 200,000.
The Bell County Water Control Improvement District No. 1 treats sewage generated by this growing population via two plants: a 21 mgd central plant and a 6 mgd south plant (maximum capacities). Both were meant to treat primarily residential sewage, but as the city’s southern corridor grew so have the number of restaurants.
Wastewater treatment plants are designed around three metrics: flow, load, and effluent quality. At 3 mgd, flow to the south plant was well under maximum treatment capacity in 2013. However, declining dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in the fill-and-draw sequencing batch reactor activated sludge system made operators suspect that loads into the plant were above design levels. They were correct: The plant had been receiving higher-than-anticipated loads since it began operating in 2007.
Crews broke ground on Aug. 16 on a new empty-container yard at the Port of Houston, the United States’ largest port for foreign, waterborne tonnage. The project is being funded as part of a public-private partnership.
Teams are developing the new facility at the port’s Bayport Container Terminal, explains Stephen Gilbreath, vice president and business group director of infrastructure water conveyance with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc.
Crews are nearing completion on a $21 million extension of University Boulevard from US Highway 90A to Stadium Drive that is expected to relieve congestion and provide easier north and south travel in Sugar Land. The extension was first identified for the city's thoroughfare plan in the 1990s, but wasn't planned for completion until 2020, according to City of Sugar Land Project Manager Keisha Seals.
The city of Sugar Land, one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities, is on the homestretch of completing a new four-lane, divided connecter that will extend University Boulevard from northbound U.S. Highway 90A to Stadium Drive.
Texas’ most vulnerable stretch of coastline is along the Houston-Galveston area, which hosts a slew of refineries, oil tanks and other critical infrastructure. But nine years after Hurricane Ike, which left $29.5 billion of damages in its wake, no projects are in the ground. Time and effort has been focused on research to address the combined effects of sea-level rise, subsidence and storm surge.
Founded as a sugar plantation in the early 20th century and incorporated in 1959, the City of Sugar Land is the economic center of Fort Bend County in Texas. In the early 1970s, as the city expanded, a new subdivision development called Covington Woods was constructed. Over the next few decades, Sugar Land continued its rapid residential and commercial growth, becoming one of the most affluent cities in the state.
The Trinity River Authority of Texas’ (TRA) Central Regional Wastewater System began operations in December 1959 as the first regional facility of its kind, serving Irving, Grand Prairie, and Farmers Branch, plus a portion of western Dallas. The system has since expanded to serve all or part of 21 contracting parties and approximately 1.2 million people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Amid rigorous scheduling demands, construction is wrapping up on an $18 million project to build a 20-mile, high-capacity pipeline in Pecos to deliver water for use in hydraulic fracturing projects. Layne Christensen Co., a large water well drilling company based in The Woodlands, Texas, is the project owner. Houston engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) designed and managed construction for the pipeline and infrastructure system.
The Woodlands-based water infrastructure company, Layne Christensen Co. is pushing further into the energy sector with the completion of a high-capacity water pipeline and the associated infrastructure in the Permian's Delaware Basin. The $18 million system can move 100,000 barrels of water per day, CFO Michael Anderson said, and the pipeline itself has room to move up to 200,000 barrels per day with a few adjustments to the infrastructure.
Layne Christensen, based in The Woodlands, is completing a six-well, 100,000-barrel-a-day pipeline from Pecos to the heart of the Delaware Basin, one of the busiest and most prolific oil fields in the United States. Layne expects to spend about $18 million into the project, designed by Houston engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, and quickly recover its investment. At current water prices, the project could generate more than $30 million a year in revenues if Layne sells 100,000 barrels a day.
Water is big business in Houston. The quickly growing population always thirsts for more, so the region needs pumps and pipes to deliver. Then sometimes there's way too much water, so planners need pipes and basins to get it out of people's houses. Add it all up, and public entities dole out tens of millions of dollars in contracts each year to a lush landscape of water engineering firms in the Houston area.
Charles Shumate started engineering Houston water systems in 1985 after graduating from Texas A&M University. He now is regional manager for LAN, a firm specializing in water projects.
For the first time since its inception, the Gulf Coast Water Authority has to replace a pump station to secure a vital supply of cooling water to big industrial facilities lined up along Galveston Bay, from the island to Texas City. Seventy years of pumping day and night has left the station badly corroded in parts, with cracks creeping up brick walls built in 1948. This is the youngest of GCWA's pump stations - the oldest was built in 1908.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Houston District, has provided ferry service across Galveston Bay on SH 87 between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula for over 80 years. This free service represents the only means of public transportation across the Bay. Every year, millions of people, automobiles, and cargo are moved via this ferry route. The 2.7-mile trip takes approximately 18 minutes, saving motorists at least an hour of commute time on alternate local roads north of the Bay. This transportation link is also critical to the residents of Bolivar Peninsula.
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) is expanding its healthcare services in Texas.
Over the last 10 years, LAN has primarily provided Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineering services to healthcare clients in Texas. With this expansion, LAN will offer a wide range of additional services to new and current healthcare clients, including master planning and design, health facility programming, production and contract administration, and project management. The firm also will leverage the expertise of its parent company LEO A DALY, an international architecture/engineering firm, to provide architectural services to clients.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, has appointed Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) engineer Justin Reeves, P.E., as chair and a voting member to the standards committee on Fiberglass Weirs, Troughs and Baffles.
As chair of this committee, Reeves will head an elite panel of experts responsible for providing technical expertise in the development of standards for the water, wastewater and reclaimed water utility industry.
Dedra Ecklund, P.E., joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as a project manager focusing on water and wastewater system design. She will be involved in the implementation of municipal, utilities and public work projects such as treatment plants, pipelines, pumping stations, storage facilities, and system evaluations and studies.
Ecklund specializes in the management of municipal utility districts and civil engineering projects. She has more than 13 years of experience. Prior to joining LAN, she was project manager at 5engineering, where she managed and designed wastewater projects in the Houston area, and before that, she managed projects for the San Jacinto River Authority, including a $1.6 million sanitary force main replacement and lift station rehabilitation project.
Thomas T. Davis, Jr. joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as a program manager for the Aldine ISD bond program. In this capacity, he will ensure the success of the program by scoping projects, developing budgets, acquiring consulting resources and manage the construction activities for Aldine ISD.
Davis has more than 10 years of experience in architecture, engineering management and project management. Previously, he was responsible for providing project and program management services for Lone Star College Systems. Prior to that, he served as a project manager responsible for Houston ISD Facilities’ capital bond program.
Initially identified in the early 1990s as an area to redevelop under a master thoroughfare plan, a critical intersection in Sugar Land, Texas, is finally being transformed. Teams led by two different general contractors on the University Boulevard North Extension project are orchestrating work around a handful of major stakeholders, while also facing poor soil conditions that challenged engineers and constructors on critical segments.
Located in west Houston, between Interstate 10 (IH-10) Frontage Road and Northbrook Drive, is Lumpkin Road. It runs along Houston Community College (HCC) and is used by the college’s nearly 8,000 students. Constructed in the mid-1970s, the roadway was built as a 22-ft narrow, undivided asphalt road devoid of shoulders and sidewalks, and with open ditches on either side. This caused mobility and safety issues for the students who commuted to the school and community residents. Additionally, the surrounding community faced flooding problems during extreme rain events.
In one of the epicenters of damage from Houston's 2016 Tax Day flood, planners have drafted a list of specific improvements they hope to have funded by federal money slated for allocation this summer.
The North Houston District, formerly the Greenspoint District, commissioned among the most advanced hydrological study yet conducted in Houston after floods last spring forced area residents to evacuate apartment complexes floating in canoes, air mattresses and even a refrigerator.
The district is now citing that $75,000 study as it vies for its share of federal flood money that will be allocated throughout Harris County in June or July.
New Caney Independent School District is one of the fastest-growing districts in the Houston area.
The school district northeast of Houston has about 15,000 students, but is expected to double in population in the coming decade. The district is growing by about one elementary school — or more than 1,000 students — a year.
n 1985, the City of Houston created the Surface Water Transmission Program in response to a mandate issued by the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District to decrease the use of groundwater and increase surface water usage. The program’s goals included increasing surface water usage, decommissioning and minimizing the use of groundwater pump stations, increasing water system pressures, and addressing other large-diameter water line issues.
Since the program’s inception, the city has built hundreds of miles of large-diameter water lines to reduce the effects of subsidence and expedite the switch from groundwater to surface water. As part of these continuing efforts to meet subsidence goals and to comply with the region’s water demands spurred by population growth, the city is currently designing and constructing the Northeast Transmission Water Line (NETL).
Nationally, energy use at water and wastewater utilities accounts for approximately 35 percent of a U.S. municipality’s energy budget. Electricity use generally accounts for 25-40 percent of the operating budgets for wastewater utilities (NYSERDA, 2008). The wastewater community knows that there are often more energy-efficient ways to run their treatment plants. Recently, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN), a planning, engineering and program management firm, completed two wastewater projects that resulted in significant energy savings.
Any Houstonian who's ever stalled out in a rush-hour gully washer, swatted mosquitoes on a humid summer afternoon or hauled soggy carpet to the curb after a neighborhood flash flood will be forgiven for thinking the supply of water is one thing they needn't worry about.
Now, after decades of public meetings and engineering consultations, environmental-impact studies and design proposals, a solution is in the works on a massive scale: a $3 billion, three-part chain of infrastructure projects to carry water more than 40 miles westward from the Trinity River and provide a lifeline to the northern region and burgeoning suburbs from Spring to Tomball to Katy.
Wayne Swafford joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as executive vice president. In this role, Swafford will be responsible for the direction and operation of the LAN brand. Swafford will report to Dennis Petersen, who will continue as the firm’s president.
A structural engineer with more than 30 years of experience, Swafford has managed the operations and finances of several technical organizations. Previously, he served Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. as its vice president of facility operations where he was responsible for the planning, design and construction of a $700 million multi-year capital program. In addition, he was responsible for the operations of 140 facilities. Prior to that, he served AECOM Technology Corporation as a senior vice president responsible for planning and design of transportation infrastructure in the Midwest, Southeast and Eastern United States. He also served as a principal at Teng & Associates.
The Port of Galveston has served as a hub for the cruise industry since the early 1990s and ranks as one of the busiest cruise ports in the U.S. Its facilities handle more than one million cruise passengers each year. When the industry demanded increased terminal capacity and throughput, the Port was quick to oblige. However, could consulting engineers with Horner & Wyatt in Kansas City, Missouri, who were responsible for the design of a grain elevator complex for the Galveston Wharf Company in 1930, have possibly envisioned their part in accommodating the Port’s expansion of Terminal 2?
Workforce development has traditionally been the purview of community colleges, which partner with local business leaders to prepare students for various vocations. However, high schools across Texas are increasingly looking to prepare students for the workforce. Today, a growing number of high school students graduate with not only a high school diploma but an associate’s degree or a certificate that will help them pursue college and career opportunities
Construction projects are notorious for their lengthy delays and cost overruns.
However, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District has managed to avoid these pitfalls, so far delivering its four-year, $267 million school construction and renovation program ahead of schedule and under budget.
The new extension to University Boulevard now under construction in Sugar Land, Texas, is only 0.5 mi long, but there are an extraordinary number of engineering challenges in that half a mile, including a new rail crossing at grade, an elevated water line, and a bridge that spans a Union Pacific Railroad line and a stream named Oyster Creek. When complete, the four-lane divided highway will provide a crucial link in a rapidly developing part of this city of more than 100,000 residents near the Gulf Coast.
Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District plans to break ground on two new school buildings next month. The nearly 24,000-student school district plans to build an agricultural science center and a technology center in Baytown, southeast of Houston. .
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) promoted its Vice President E. Tyson Thomas, P.E., to the position of office infrastructure leader and regional manager. As the leader of LAN’s San Antonio infrastructure team, Thomas will be responsible for expanding the office’s water, wastewater and drainage services.
“Ty is a longtime LAN veteran,” said LAN President Dennis Petersen, P.E. “I’m excited about the leadership Ty will provide to our San Antonio office and clients, and I’m looking forward to a duplication of the long-term success he has achieved throughout his career.”
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) is expanding its infrastructure services in California.
To help with this expansion, LAN added four key hires. M. Cenk Yavas, P.E., D.WRE, joins the firm as vice president and water resources team leader. Frederick Wickman, P.E., joins as a senior project manager. Mark Vargas and Brian Robertson, P.E., will serve as senior project coordinator and project engineer, respectively. The team, who previously worked at Atkins – a global civil engineering firm, brings more than 75 years of combined experience planning and designing infrastructure projects in various counties throughout California.
Brian Broussard, P.E., joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as its regional water resources manager. In this role, Broussard will serve as a technical advisor for LAN’s water and wastewater practice, assist with project pursuits, mentor the firm’s water and wastewater engineers, direct and coordinate production and operations, and provide quality assurance on projects. He will also help lead LAN’s Montgomery County office located in the heart of Conroe.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has appointed Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) engineers Christine Kirby, P.E., and Justin Reeves, P.E., as voting members to various standards committees.
Sheldon Independent School District is bursting at the seams. The 9,000-student school district, located in the booming petrochemical corridor northeast of Houston, is the second fastest-growing school district in the Houston area, only behind Tomball. .
A sprawling new K-12 campus for little Sheldon Independent School District is the newest addition in the pipeline to rapid growth in northeast Harris County, with construction set to begin this month.
In the following Q&A with Civil + Structural Engineer (C+S), Ali describes his diverse experiences from the Middle East to Russia to London to Houston and how that has impacted his career in civil engineering.
Houston’s new Northeast Transmission Water Line will bring an additional 96 million gallons per day (mgd) of water to the city, plus 269 mgd to local water authorities. Construction is anticipated to start later this year, with the first in a series of segments set to be up for proposals next month. With a maximum diameter of 120 in., the line will be the largest to be built in the city, says Venus Price, supervising engineer for the Houston’s Dept. of Public Works and Engineering.
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) promoted its senior associate and director of marketing, Kerry L. Gregg, to the position of vice president. Gregg, who joined LAN in 2012, leads the firm’s marketing team in developing and implementing corporate and proposal marketing, media relations and social media initiatives companywide.
“Kerry has become one of the firm’s most valuable employees,” said Arnie Cohen, P.E., LAN’s vice president. “His marketing expertise and unique perspective have been invaluable to our firm and has played a critical role in the firm’s growth.”
The City of Ennis selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to develop a safety zone along the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) between the intersections of Martin Luther King Drive and Lampasas Street.
Most public transit fleets don’t include ferries, but some do. They’re a much cheaper way to move people, cars, and cargo across a body of water than building a bridge or tunnel.
Because it’s often featured in movies, the most famous is the New York City DOT’s 5-mile route between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. Running the service 24 hours a day seven days a week requires eight ferries. Halfway across the country, though, Texas DOT (TxDOT) has provided a similar service for almost as long.
The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) goal is to diminish the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. Hydraulic models have played a critical role in helping agencies and engineers determine floodplain limits.
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) made two key additions to its stormwater group. Burton Johnson, P.E., CFM, will serve as the director of stormwater programs in Houston while Brian Reis, P.E., CFM, will lead the firm’s stormwater management efforts in Central Texas as its infrastructure manager.
The City of Houston has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to develop an all-pipes hydraulic model of its water system. LAN’s scope of services will include water system model building, model calibration, master planning, utility operation support, and onsite staffing. The firm will also provide training for City staff to operate and maintain the hydraulic model.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will begin construction early this year on a project to expand and modernize the bulkhead at the maintenance facility for the Galveston Port Bolivar ferry. The facility supports the operations of the ferry, which accommodates several million passengers a year. TxDOT hired Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to assess the waterside and landside infrastructure.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth Region, selected the Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) team to conduct a High-Speed Rail (HSR) station area planning study in downtown Dallas.
In 2015, when overall U.S. foreign trade declined 5.6%, business was booming in Laredo, TX. In fact, trade was at a record high, and Laredo climbed to third in the nation-behind only Los Angeles and New York City. Laredo International Airport (LRD) was in a prime position to facilitate and leverage the boom, because it had equipped itself for increased cargo business by building and opening the only bi-national federal inspection station (FIS) in the United States.
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), a planning, engineering and program management firm, has promoted Scott M. Harris, P.E., and Matthew J. Manges, P.E., to the position of team leader.
Preparing for a tropical storm event is a daunting task at best. Food, water, electrical power, gasoline and other necessary items need to be gathered and stored in some form or fashion. Buildings need to be bolstered and vehicles relocated and protected as best as possible. In the worst case scenario, an evacuation maybe necessary before the hurricane arrives.
The City of Houston will be advertising for bid in December 2016 the first three segments of a new 16.5 mile Northeast Transmission Waterline that will transmit surface water from the Northeast Water Purification Plant to four regional water authorities, Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), and the City of Houston.
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) hired Clement Medina and Kedrick Wright as program managers. They will be responsible for planning, executing and finalizing the design and construction of K-12 school facilities and higher education projects. They also will be responsible for expanding the firm’s program management services in these markets.
Whether recognized or not, control Valves are everywhere in water and wastewater systems. From small applications, such as the quarter-inch valve in a faucet, to large applications, like the 30-in. valve controlling the water level in the local reservoir, it is important to select the proper valve for each individual application.
Like many cities, El Paso, Texas, once had a streetcar system serving walkable neighborhoods. However, decades of sprawling development, low-density subdivisions, and strip malls created a development pattern that was no longer conducive to efficient public transportation. In 2006, Sun Metro, El Paso’s mass transit department, charted a new course to reinvent its public transportation system. To this end, the city contracted with First Transit, Inc. to manage Sun Metro and modernize its transit systems.
Along with getting two new Bay Area Rapid Transit stations, the Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project is also getting a cutting edge intrusion detection system along a segment of train tracks that uses video surveillance and sophisticated sensors to detect threats and, if necessary, can automatically stop BART trains.
BAYTOWN, Texas — Headquartered in Baytown is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas — the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD). Driven by multi-billion dollar expansions at petrochemical companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips, this property-wealthy district is projecting more than 4,500 new students over the next decade, according to a demographic study.
Conroe, Texas, is a rapidly growing metropolitan area approximately 20 miles north of Houston. Conroe currently has one wastewater treatment plant — the Southwest Regional Plant — which is permitted for an average flow of 10 million gallons per day (mgd), and currently treats approximately 8 mgd. The Southwest Regional Plant had not seen any effective rehabilitation efforts in more than 25 years. Originally built in 1974, the plant had major improvements in 1987 and 1991. An attempted energy improvement project undertaken in 2006, involving the installation of fine bubble diffusers and single-stage, high-speed blowers, was mostly unsuccessful.
In 2014, the City of Conroe contracted Lockwood Andrews and Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to design system rehabilitation and improvements. The major emphasis of improvements involved process modifications to allow nutrient removal, improve energy efficiency, and improve operations.
Although BART’s extension to San Jose is still about a year from opening, trains have already run along part of the 10-mile first phase to test a unique security system that can automatically stop trains where the transit system shares right-of-way (but not tracks) with the Union Pacific Railroad.
In an effort to prevent train accidents on a new $2.3-billion, 10-mile-long extension line in San Francisco, the Berryessa-Valley Transportation Authority/Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) team is installing a railroad intrusion-detection system (RIDS) that uses warning devices originally developed for protecting shipping ports from break-ins.
The system will identify a piece of equipment that finds its way onto BART’s tracks, and the trains will be issued an immediate halt command, says Timothy Schmidt, senior associate and director in northern California for Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, the design manager.
Aiming to more efficiently move people from downtown El Paso, Texas, to the surrounding communities, the city created Sun Metro Brio, a new bus rapid transit system with help from Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) of Houston.
“Bus rapid transit is like a rubber tire version of light rail,” says Margaret Schroeder, PE, MASCE, Engineering Division Manager for the city of El Paso. “It’s usually about a fifth of the cost of light rail. The focus is on providing fast, efficient service.”
The Conroe Southwest Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Conroe, Texas, was originally built in 1974 and had major improvements in 1987 and 1991. The last improvement project was undertaken in 2006 when fine-bubble aeration was implemented, along with the addition of single-stage, high-speed blowers in an effort to reduce energy costs. This last effort was largely unsuccessful due to hydraulic issues in the plant which caused the water surface elevation in the aeration basins to vary by more than a foot. The variation was too much for reliable operation of the installed blowers. The WWTP therefore had not seen any effective major renovation or rehabilitation efforts in more than 25 years.
For years now, the transportation industry has been trending to more aggressive design and construction schedules, especially with design-build and other alternative delivery projects. Consequently, innovative tools that help meet today’s robust QC/QA requirements while achieving efficient staff utilization and collaboration across geographic regions have become more critical than ever before.
One such tool that is increasingly used in the transportation industry to simplify document management and speed up project communication is Bluebeam Revu, a PDF-editing software tailored to engineers and architects.
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) announced that it is expanding its services in the Central Texas region with the addition of facility design architecture/engineering services.
Since 1982, LAN has called Austin home and has provided a variety of services including water and wastewater infrastructure, municipal planning, land and site development, and transportation services. With this addition, LAN will offer facility design, program management and construction management services to state, municipal, federal and educational clients in the region. To lead this effort, the firm hired Ted Armstrong, a national facility design expert, as a senior project manager and facility project director for the central region.
The automated system that will guide commuter trains from the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system over the Berryessa Extension into Silicon Valley will be able to identify when anything from a child's fading helium balloon to a dislodged culvert pipe from a passing freight train enters the rail system's right-of-way, discern the level of threat posed by the object, and stop the train when needed.
Almost a decade ago, forward-thinking leaders at the city of El Paso, Texas, set an ambitious goal: To revolutionize public transportation in El Paso by making it the least car-dependent city in the southwest. In 2006, the city hired First Transit Inc. to manage Sun Metro, the city’s mass transit department, and transform it into a first-class public transportation system. Next, Sun Metro began planning a new rapid transit system. In October 2014, Sun Metro took a major step to turn this vision into a reality when it introduced El Paso’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) service — Brio — along the Mesa Corridor.
In October 2016, the Texas DOT is scheduled to bid a $60 million construction project for two miles of State Loop 1 that contains the intersection of State Loop 1 and Slaughter Lane in South Austin. The agency considered conventional diamond and single-point urban interchanges, but chose a configuration that’s gaining popularity for its safety and efficiency: the diverging diamond interchange (DDI).
When Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) Berryessa Extension opens for passenger service in 2017, it'll be the first transit-rail line in the country with an intrusion detection system that incorporates both video surveillance and wayside fence tilt sensors, the project's managers believe.
(HOUSTON – August 08, 2016) The Huntsville Independent School District selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to provide a condition assessment of its facilities.
While the District has spent money on its buildings in the past, those expenditures have been for building expansions or for smaller repairs. Many of the District’s aged buildings have not received the required funding to address the normal decline in building systems and finishes. The assessment will serve as a planning tool for the District’s short-term and long-term facility goals.
Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) hired Paul Kullman, AIA, and Juan Mendoza Jr., PMI, as program managers. They will be responsible for planning, executing and finalizing the design and construction of higher education, federal and state projects. They also will be responsible for expanding the firm’s program management services in these markets.
Brio is defined as energy and confidence, and the bright chartreuse, blue, and white buses and stations that encompass the Brio bus rapid transit (BRT) line in the City of El Paso, Texas, certainly embodies those concepts. Opened in 2014, the line has been so popular that it is now being extended to serve a key eastern portion of the city.
(HOUSTON – July 19, 2016) Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), a planning, engineering and program management firm, has promoted Warren Green, P.E., to the position of chief technical officer.
Green, who is one of the firm’s vice presidents, will serve as the technical liaison across all of the firm’s business groups, assist with staffing plans to assure project quality, actively participate in project pursuits, develop and oversee technical presentations and publications, as well as assist with defining and implementing technical training. He also will assume the role of LAN’s corporate quality officer to assure overall quality and technical capabilities throughout the firm. Previously, Green served as the director of one of LAN’s infrastructure business groups, where he oversaw and coordinated business development efforts, production activities and operations.
Adding terminal capacity to one of the busiest cruise ports in the country in Galveston, a design-build team created a $12.7 million terminal addition that rests on the foundation of an 1930s-era grain silo, a blend of new and old that works for the port.
(HOUSTON – July 11, 2016) Joseph Scarborough, P.E., joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as a project manager. In this role, he will be responsible for planning, design and construction management of marine and waterfront structures in the municipal and coastal port markets.
(HOUSTON – July 05, 2016) Charles M. Shumate, P.E., joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as a regional director. In this role, Shumate will manage the firm’s Houston Infrastructure Group.
(HOUSTON – June 27, 2016) The Sheldon Independent School District has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as the program manager for its $285 million bond program. The bond program is the largest in the District’s history.
June 7, 2016—The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and its consultants are completing the engineering design of a 2.069 mi, $53-million project that will alleviate congestion on Loop 1 on the west side of Austin—known locally as the MoPac Expressway, for the Missouri Pacific Railroad—a critical north-south artery in the state's capital. To accomplish this, the department plans to use both a traditional diamond intersection at one point (on La Crosse Avenue) and an uncommon diverging diamond intersection (DDI) at another (Slaughter Lane).
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. has promoted Melissa C. Mack, P.E., and Johnathan Terrazas, P.E., to the position of team leader. Mack has 18 years of experience and is LAN’s lead hydraulic and transient modeling engineer. Terrazas, who joined LAN in 2006, leads the firm’s structural & bridge team
Quantitative watershed master planning in the hydrologic and hydraulic field has been a standard practice for many decades. However, rural and urban runoff water quality management using BMPs and low impact development (LID) generally has been limited to qualitative planning, mostly due to the lack of suitable tools to conduct quantitative assessment.
(OAKLAND, Calif. – May 31, 2016) Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) announced the opening of its new office in Oakland, Calif.
The firm’s new office at 1901 Harrison St, Suite 1100, Oakland, will offer water and transportation services to LAN’s clients in and around the region. David Wemmer, P.E., who recently joined the firm as its California rail and transit director, will be responsible for leading the office.
Teams are a week away from substantial completion on an expansion project at the Port of Galveston’s Cruise Terminal No. 2. This $12 million renovation adds a 60,000-sq-ft expansion to the existing 90,000-sq-ft terminal.
(LOS ANGELES – May 19, 2016) David Wemmer, P.E., joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as California rail and transit director. In this role, Wemmer will be responsible for expanding the firm’s rail and transit practice in California.
Wemmer has more than 36 years of experience in the railway industry. His expertise ranges from conceptual studies to detailed design, preparation of contract documents, environmental documents and construction services. He has managed a variety of multi-disciplined railway and municipal projects, including high speed, light, commuter and freight rail corridors and extensions, facility rehabilitation and capacity improvements, grade separations and crossings, stations, bridges, vehicle maintenance facilities, utilities and railroad company coordination.
Threading a rail line through the congested corridor from Fremont, California, into Silicon Valley may have presented challenges to the design-build team, but as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation (VTA) regional Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension nears completion, the $2.3 billion project remains on budget and ahead of schedule.
In fall 2017, Silicon Valley transportation and community leaders, businesses, and residents will celebrate their long-awaited dream of bringing regional transit service to the South Bay area when the first phase of the BART Silicon Valley Extension — also known as the Berryessa Extension — opens to the public.
(AUSTIN – April 22, 2016) Williamson County has selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to provide engineering services for intersection improvements at Bagdad Road and County Road 278
(DALLAS – April 06, 2016) Chris Masters, P.E., joins planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as vice president and a transit leader in its Transportation Business Group. In this role, Masters will be responsible for expanding the firm’s transit practice.
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – March 18, 2016) Nueces County has appointed Scott Harris, P.E., to its Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) board of directors. An eleven member board of directors governs the CCRTA, which was created in 1985 to provide quality accessible and affordable transportation to the residents of Nueces and San Patricio Counties.
March 15, 2016—When city leaders in Dallas began considering ways to better connect the downtown area such neighborhoods to the southwest as North Oak Cliff and the trendy and eclectic Bishop Arts District, a modern streetcar system quickly rose to the top of the options list. Such systems have light, nimble vehicles that blend seamlessly into the urban and community fabric and can be very reliable.
On Feb. 7, the city of Santa Clara celebrated a major milestone when it hosted Super Bowl 50 at the state-of the-art Levi’s stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Next year, the city will celebrate another milestone with the completion of the 10-mile Berryessa Extension, the first phase of Bay Area Rapid Transit’s commuter rail extension south to San Jose, thanks to Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA) vision.
As the daughter of a physician and homemaker/Montessori school teacher who emigrated to the United States in the late-1960s and moved around from New York to Iowa to their longest-lasting home in Little Rock, Ark., Devarati (Dev) Rastogi. P.E., vice president and managing director of the Transportation Business Group at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), experienced the sights of many different cities as she grew up. Both her mother, Kusum, and her father, Shivnandan, encouraged all three of their children to pursue their interests. Rastogi had a clear penchant for mathematics and anything that was problem-solving related.
March 8, 2016—Later this year, when passengers breeze through the renovated and expanded Cruise Terminal Number 2 at the Port of Galveston in Texas on their way to board Royal Caribbean's mammoth Liberty of the Seas , they will have no clue that the bright, open structure rests on robust foundations designed by engineers in the early 1900s to support massive grain silos.