Blog

City of Houston Main Street Reconstruction

The partial removal of an existing railroad tunnel and subsequent raising of pavement on North Main allowed pavement on Burnett Street to be lowered, meeting the revised elevation of North Main Street. This feat allowed traffic to proceed through the revised alignment and mass transit to proceed to the METRO Park & Ride without taking a circuitous route via a u-turn, saving transit time and improving operational efficiency of METRO transit system.

Avoiding damage to and stabilizing the section of tunnel that would remain was a chief concern, as no record drawings existed to assist in formulating the construction phase. During construction, it was discovered the tunnel walls were made of stair-stepped massive non-reinforced concrete with a seven foot wide base narrowing to a thickness of two feet near the tunnel ceiling. The walls were topped with a three foot thick concrete slab reinforced with two foot I-beams separated by 12″. Conventional concrete saw-cutting and jackhammering methods were not an option for the demolition phase of the tunnel improvement project. Instead, a high speed diamond wire cable saw used for marble mining was employed to cut the tunnel structure. This method resulted in a clean tunnel cut with limited vibration. To read the entire article, please click here.

Cottage Grove Low Impact Development

The Cottage Grove Low Impact Development project, for the City of Houston (COH), has set the standard for urban redevelopment and the viability of incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) practices into future city projects. Jones|Carter (JC) evaluated various LID features related to roadway design in the redevelopment of Houston’s Cottage Grove subdivision as necessitated by polluted waters. We investigated solutions for utility conflict resolution, hydraulic evaluation of the drainage system to meet COH standards, evaluation of variances between LID and COH standards, and long and short term operation and maintenance of the proposed features. As a result of this work, JC helped COH complete its first LID roadway project constructed completely in the right-of-way. To read the entire article, please click here.

Hydrology & Hydraulics Becomes Newest Practice at Jones|Carter

Hydrology & Hydraulics (H&H), a significant service-offering at Jones|Carter since 1976, has expanded to become a full practice within the Texas-based civil engineering firm. As a practice, H&H is more advantageously positioned to deliver the highest caliber of work to clients and projects, regardless of size or location. H&H leads public and private projects at the local, county, and state levels, and for federal organizations such as FEMA, NRCS, and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.

Newly appointed Practice Leader, Dwayne Hamilton, PE, CFM, leads a highly experienced team that has worked regionally and state-wide for the past forty years. Dwayne joined Jones|Carter in 2015 and brings over 25 years in both the public and private sectors. As both a professional engineer and a certified floodplain manager, his involvement on planning, design, and construction of major drainage engineering projects, H&H analyses, and reservoir modeling establishes him as a true and trusted expert in the field.

With over 30 engineers dedicated to resolving issues through detailed drainage analysis and design, the Jones|Carter H&H Practice is one of the largest groups of its kind in Texas. They add value and efficiency to every customer relationship, and deliver highly complex solutions singularly crafted to their unique clients’ needs and specifications.

North Houston Bike Park Breaks Ground

NHBP_GroundBreaking2

The North Houston Bike Park officially broke ground with a formal ceremony featuring local dignitaries. As program managers for the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GRA), Jones|Carter will manage the overall construction of the bike park. Representing JC at the groundbreaking in early December were Martin Murdock, Kent Allred, Grant Detro, Erin Williford, and CEO/President, Bob Aylward. The event featured speeches from former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Councilman Jerry Davis, Chairman Elvin Franklin, and GRA Executive Director Sally Bradford. BMX bikers, the future end-users of the new park, also attended in support of the project. Located along Green Bayou, the 20-acre North Houston Bike Park is the next phase in GRA’s beautification program that includes the now-completed North Houston Skate Park and Dylan Park. The park will feature a nationally sanctioned BMX supercross track and bowls, mountain bike trails, pump tracks, and other features for all skill levels. The project is slated for completion in October, 2017.