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Trust and Transparency

Texas House Bill 1295 and House Bill 23, passed in 2015, have clearly established rules regarding disclosure of relationships and gift exchanges with local government officials and vendors. These could impact your business if you are directly or indirectly serving governmental markets. Continue reading Trust and Transparency

Pecan Lakes Flood Protection System

Pecan Grove is a much-sought after residential community located in Richmond, Texas. In 2007, FEMA began remapping the area to update the flood insurance rate maps. Jones|Carter (JC), as the District Engineer and a participant in Fort Bend County’s technical review committee, evaluated the revised modeling and determined that after the remap, all 325 residents of Pecan Lakes Subdivision were now without flood protection, being located outside of the existing Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District Levee System. In 2008, JC evaluated the cost to provide flood protection to the affected subdivision that would be on par with the remainder of the Pecan Grove community. A bond election resulted in a record turnout with the measure passing by 69%. In 2009, JC began the design phase by evaluating multiple system alignments, each ranked based on benefit vs. cost. After receiving input from the client and residents, the selected design was a multi-component system consisting of an earthen levee, a structural floodwall, and a pump station. To read the entire article, please click here.

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.

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