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.
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 (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.
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.
Forty years is a long time. And yet, 1976 seems like just yesterday. For forty years, Jones|Carter has crafted a solid reputation of smart engineering and smart solutions, growing into the company we are today with unlimited potential. Having 550 personnel, nine offices, and nine practices is truly something to be proud of. This year, more than ever, we are celebrating our accomplishments, legacy, and momentum, looking toward a bright future. 2016 finds us ready for the opportunities ahead and committed to outstanding client service and design excellence. As trusted partners, you are key to our overall success. Join us as we say “congratulations!” and get ready to celebrate the next forty years with us.
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Jones|Carter Wins First Place Award at ACEC Texas Awards Competition
The American Council of Engineering Companies Texas (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award Winners for 2016 have been announced. Jones|Carter is pleased to announce that our high profile project, Cottage Grove, has received first place honors.
New regional hires continue to augment the overall reach of Jones|Carter and strengthen the Government Infrastructure and Site Development practices. Each new hire contributes to achieving the company’s growth objectives and to fueling the firm’s core values of quality, collaboration, accountability, respect, and ethical behavior. Nicolas C. Garcia, PE has been hired in the San Antonio office as a department manager in the Government Infrastructure practice’s Transportation Division. Nicolas will concentrate on building core business with TxDOT, Bexar County, the city of San Antonio, and other transportation clients. Additionally, Nicolas will lead the effort on the SH249 project in Montgomery County. Jeremiah D. Kamerer, PE has been hired as a department manager in the Site Development practice in The Woodland’s office. He will assist leadership in growing the practice’s client base, while providing mentorship and internal staff development. Chiefly, he will be tasked with establishing and maintaining client relationships and expanding the firm’s footprint through community involvement in Montgomery and Harris Counties. Ralph Morlas, II has joined the Water practice as construction department manager in the Houston office. In this role, Ralph will work with project field representatives to assure QA/QC practices are being adhered to and will provide assistance with business development efforts and constructability reviews.
Jones|Carter’s Municipal and District Services practice responds to regional growth with three key hires in Austin, San Antonio, and Brenham, Texas. C. Rick Coneway, PE, BCEE, D.WRE has joined the Austin office as the Central Texas Division Manager. Rick will lead and manage the growing municipal and district business operations in the Austin and San Antonio regions. Shawn Rockenbaugh, PE and Grant Lischka, PE have joined the Dallas and Brenham offices respectively as Department Managers.
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North Harris County Regional Water Authority (Authority) was created June 18, 1999 when Texas House Bill 2965 was signed into law and voters confirmed the creation of the Authority. The Authority was created to ensure a secure and reliable supply of wholesale drinking water for all residents and entities within its boundaries, comprising of approximately 335 square miles and 460,000 residents. The primary goal of the Authority is compliance with the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District’s (HGSD) Regulatory Plan to prevent and cease the subsidence observed in the Harris County area by conservation of underground water sources. The Regulatory Plan requires a reduction in groundwater usage to no more than 20% of the total water demand by the year 2030. Should the Authority not meet the reduction goal of 20% groundwater usage by 2030, a monetary penalty of $5.00/1000-gallons will be imposed upon them by the HGSD. To ensure the Authority meets this reduction goal, all participating entities inside the District’s boundaries are aggregated into a single groundwater permit and participate in a single Groundwater Reduction Plan. The Authority delivers treated surface water from the Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) to all participating members of its GRP, but the remaining demand shall be supplemented by the use of groundwater. To read the entire article please click here.