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Stantec-Jacobs to Design $1.9 Billion Levee & Floodwall System Along Texas Coastline
Stantec and Jacobs, operating as the Galveston Coastal Services Joint Venture, have been selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, to design a 26.7-mile-long levee and floodwall system along the coastline near Galveston, Texas.
The eight year, $1.9 billion construction effort is known as the Orange County Coastal Storm Risk Management (Orange). It will increase the area’s preparedness to respond to natural disasters and disturbances, according to the press release. It will also increase resistance to long-term impacts due to climate change, such as; sea level rise, land subsidence, increased frequency of abnormally heavy rainfall events and regional drought.
The area is one repeatedly at risk from substantial wind and surge damage. Shoreline erosion has caused the destruction of nationally significant wetlands, land loss, and damage to homes, commercial property and State Highway 87, reported the press release.
“The economics of flood risk reduction are changing, and proactive measures are critical to a community’s social and economic resilience strategy. For each dollar spent on resilient building and construction, six dollars are saved in recovery costs,” said John Montgomery, Stantec senior vice president and sector leader for Water Resources. “It is exciting to be selected to drive the design and delivery of this important project that will soon become a part of the fabric of the Gulf Coast. Our JV consists of leading project management expertise with a track record of delivering large-scale infrastructure projects that will reduce the impacts of disasters and fortify our domestic energy security.”
Orange consists of seven design packages for coastal storm risk management, from the edge of the Sabine and Neches River floodplains to the vicinity of Orangefield, Texas. The project will include;
- 15.6 miles of new levees;
- 10.7 miles of new concrete floodwalls and gates;
- 7 new pump stations to mitigate interior flooding during surge events;
- 453 acres of marsh restored through a mitigation plan, and;
- 560 acres of forested wetlands preserved.