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Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant and North Kansas Avenue Reconstruction – League City, TX – Houston Area

Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant and North Kansas Avenue Reconstruction

Client: City of League City

Cost: $6.8 Million

Services:Water Line Relocation, Drainage Design, Survey, H&H Modeling, Roadway Design, Traffic Control Plan, Construction Management, Planning, SWPPP, Environmental Protections, Utility Relocations, Value Engineering

Location: League City, Texas

Completion Date: October 2018

In 2014, in response to new discharge permit constraints issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the City of League City was informed that the outfall for the effluent line of the Dallas Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant (DSWWTP) would need to be moved from its existing location. Due to updated copper and zinc discharge limits, the outfall would need to be moved further downstream, requiring the City to build an entirely new effluent line and outfall location.

In order to relocate the effluent discharge, the City tasked Jones|Carter with finding new alignments from DSWWTP to Clear Creek and to develop the most economical solution. This resulted in the installation of 1,500 linear feet of 9’x6′ and 8’X5’ reinforced concrete boxes from the existing discharge structure at the DSWWTP to a new outfall location at the north end of N. Kansas Avenue at Clear Creek. The new outfall line required the relocation of other existing utilities in the area as well as the diversion of existing overland drainage paths. To address the existing drainage issues, approximately 670 linear feet of 10’x8′ reinforced concrete box storm sewer were placed next to the effluent line from the DSWWTP.  As construction was already necessary, the City was able to use this opportunity to revitalize N. Kansas Avenue as well.

The project required continuous collaboration throughout the design process between Jones|Carter’s Water, Transportation, Hydrology & Hydraulics, and Survey Practices to successfully complete the final design.

The 2015 Memorial Day Flood Analysis – Sugar Land, TX – Houston Area

The 2015 Memorial Day Flood Analysis

Client: City of Sugar Land

Services: H&H Modeling, Flood Analysis

Location: Sugar Land, TX

Completion Date: 2015

On Memorial Day 2015, the City of Sugar Land experienced record rainfall resulting in reports of structural, near structural, and street flooding throughout the City. As part of their 2016-2020 Capital Improvements Program, the City prioritized an analysis of the Memorial Day Flood Event.

Jones|Carter was selected to analyze the event and its impacts, and compare to the 25-year and 100-year design storms. The team investigated through field visits, storm event analysis, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to identify underlying problems in City infrastructure and propose possible improvement projects.

Jones|Carter analyzed problem areas and built 1D/2D InfoWorks ICM models for 18 storm drainage systems in the area where flooding was reported. Most of the systems were in Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2. Additionally, the team identified problem areas where the existing systems do not appear to be operating up to the City’s drainage standards. Of these, the primary areas of concern were the arterial and major collectors that provide emergency access during flood events. Secondary areas of concern were neighborhoods where the peak flood level did not appear to be in compliance with the allowable levels set by the City’s drainage criteria and the localized drainage issues were affecting nearby residents.

The results of the analysis were delivered to the City for subsequent action with the purpose of mitigating the negative impacts of future storm events.

Houston Bike Plan – Houston, TX – Houston Area

Houston Bike Plan

Client: Harris County and the City of Houston

Services: Program Management for development, design, and construction of Precinct 1 bike lanes

Location: Harris County/Houston

Completion Date: Est. December 2019

20+ Miles Completed April 2019

Funding Partners Include: 
Harris County Precinct 1
Harris County Precinct 2
Councilmember Cisneros

Community Partners: BikeHouston, Houston Parks Board, H-GAC, FTA, FHWA, and TxDOT

The Houston Bike Plan was adopted by City Council in 2017, with a stated vision to make a safer, more accessible, gold level bike-friendly City by 2027. The Plan aims to improve safety, increase access, and develop and maintain bicycle facilities throughout Houston.


Jones|Carter is providing program management of the Houston Bike Plan. This includes project management and administration as well as design. Additionally, J|C is providing services associated with the administration of funding including status reporting, financial reconciliation, and coordination between Harris County, City of Houston, Texas Department of Transportation, METRO and Harris County Toll Road Authority.


The team completed the design of 20+ miles of bike lane by the April 16, 2019 deadline. The projects are currently under construction and are expected to be complete by December 2019. The $10M funding provided program management, design, and construction.

City of Rosenberg Corrosion Study – Rosenberg, TX – Houston Area

City of Rosenberg Corrosion Study – Rosenberg, TX


Client: City of Rosenberg

Services: Corrosion Study, Consumer Taste Tests, Flushing Plan, Pipe-loop Testing

Location: Rosenberg, TX

Completion: May 2018

In 2017, the City of Rosenberg commissioned a study to assess the potential for corrosion in its pipe network before introducing treated surface water from an alternate source. The City was concerned that the 70 miles out of their 200-mile pipe network made up of iron, galvanized steel, and copper pipes, would be susceptible to corrosion due to differences in water quality. To provide for the health and safety as well as the sustainability of the City’s water system, Jones|Carter completed a pipe loop test, a system-wide flushing plan, a nitrification action plan, and conducted consumer taste tests.

Since 35% of the City’s water lines are susceptible to these corrosion issues, Jones|Carter recommended, and ultimately implemented, a phosphate treatment. The phosphate’s chemical composition allows it to adhere to the inside of the pipes creating a new internal surface that isolates the wall of the pipe and secures scale and deposits. The phosphate will serve to extend the life of the existing system as well as prevent corrosion. Additionally, extensive taste tests were held with City residents to make sure that the community would be satisfied with the final composition of chemicals used to treat the water sources.

Park Place Office Tower – Houston, TX – Houston Area

Park Place Office Tower


Client: Stonelake Capital Partners

Services: Site Development, Traffic Impact Analysis, Survey

Location: Houston, Texas

Estimated Completion Date: Spring 2020

Stonelake Capital Partners is beginning the third phase of its Park Place development located in River Oaks between Highland Village and the Galleria. Jones|Carter has worked alongside Stonelake since the planning phase of this mixed-use development in 2010. The first two phases include the luxury apartment communities, The James & The Ivy.

The Park Place Office Tower will be a 15-story, 200,000-square-foot, glass office tower at the northeast corner of Mid Lane and Westheimer. After completing The James & The Ivy on the north half of the 11.5-acre tract, Stonelake converted a portion of the remaining acreage into a park between the apartments and Westheimer. This office tower is being developed within the southwest quadrant of the remaining acreage and additional park improvements are planned for the northwest corner.

The J|C team designed and permitted plans for the utilities, paving, and drainage for the tower, which will include retail space on the first floor, a landscaped terrace on the ninth floor, and floor plates that average more than 26,000 square feet. J|C provided full site development services as well as surveying, platting, and a traffic impact analysis. The Park Place Office Tower is projected to be complete in Spring of 2020.

Lone Star Parkway – Montgomery, TX – Houston Area

Lone Star Parkway


Client: Montgomery County

Services: Project Management, Topographic Surveying, Design Services Phase (PS&E), Bidding and Construction Services Phase

Location: Montgomery County, Texas

Completion Date: November 2017


Jones|Carter partnered with Montgomery County to reconstruct two miles along Lone Star Parkway from TX-105 to FM 149. The project was necessary to help mitigate traffic congestion and improve mobility in the region. In 2015, Montgomery County passed a Road Bond Package featuring Lone Star Parkway as a significant project. Innovative construction methods were necessary to keep the project within budget and on schedule.

Prior to reconstruction, Lone Star Parkway was a two-lane, 22-foot asphalt roadway with no paved shoulders. With an average daily traffic of 7,000 vehicles, a 45 mph speed limit, and limited travel space along the roadway, driver comfort was a concern that J|C accounted for in their design.

J|C performed a topographic survey with 100-foot cross sections for the entire two-mile corridor. The data for the cross sections was used to help develop the roadway design and roadside elements, such as roadside ditches.

The J|C team prepared final construction plans to rehabilitate and widen the roadway. The proposed roadway width of 26 feet includes two widened 12-foot lanes and two 1-foot shoulders. The widening of the road helped to improve driver comfort and mobility in the area. The J|C team analyzed several options to provide cost savings, one innovative construction method used was to pulverize the existing pavement and base, which had to be removed prior to reconstruction, and use it in the base layer of the new pavement structure.
Due to all of the considerations taken during the design phase of Lone Star Parkway, safety along the corridor has improved since construction was completed in November 2017.

Stormwater Pump Station Upgrade – Sugar Land, TX – Houston Area

Stormwater Pump Station Upgrade


Client: City of College Station

Services: Instrumentation and Controls, SCADA Design, SCADA Programming, P&ID Development, Power Distribution Design, Power Utility Coordination

Location: Sugar Land, TX

Completion Date: Ongoing


Jones|Carter worked alongside Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District 2 to upgrade a pump station that serves more than 9,000 homes and businesses in the Sugar Land area. The J|C team designed the replacement of all electrical power distribution equipment and installed a motor control center that will accommodate a third pump as well as the future upsizing of the two existing pumps.

The project included designing upsized electrical service entrance equipment to meet 150 mph wind ratings. The existing diesel generator was upgraded to a larger diesel generator with a secondary natural gas generator.

The J|C team designed and programmed a generator optimization mode, which runs the generator on an “as needed” basis allowing maximum fuel conservation in the event of a prolonged power outage. Additionally, the J|C team designed a redundant backup power generation system with manual overrides in the event of automatic controls failure.

Lick Creek – College Station, TX – Houston Area

Lick Creek


Client: City of College Station

Services: P&ID Development, Power Distribution Design, Power Utility Coordination

Location: College Station, TX

Completion Date: November 2018

Cost: $1.1M

Licck Creek WWTP Generator Addition

Jones|Carter worked with the City of College Station to evaluate generator options for the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The J|C team developed a solution to size the generator for current usage and to ease the process of installing future parallel generators.

Genset addition and improvements

The project required the J|C team to make modifications to an existing 3000A dual-feed electrical service and to install two 3000A automatic transfer switches and one 3000A rated paralleling gear.

Complete SCADA Integration

J|C designed a 600kW generator system, which provides power to the plant and process facilities. Additionally, J|C ensured that control and monitoring data for the emergency backup paralleling system was integrated into the plant’s existing Allen-Bradley SCADA system.

Proactive Approach

The J|C team reconfigured an existing 12’ x 10’ x 8’ electrical manhole and duct bank to reconnect the automatic transfer switch load side service to an existing dual-fed switchgear. The project was sequenced to allow for safe installation by phasing to allow work to be done in the manhole while the circuit was not hot. The improvements also provided the capacity to install additional future paralleled gensets without power transition or lapses in service.

Carter’s Creek WWTP Electrical Upgrades – College Station, TX – Houston Area

Carter’s Creek WWTP Electrical Upgrades


Client: City of College Station

Cost: $2 Million

Services: Instrumentation and Controls, SCADA Design, P&ID Development, Power Distribution Design

Location: College Station, Texas

Completion: Ongoing

Jones|Carter worked alongside the City of College Station to replace and upgrade existing motor control centers and their associated feeders at the Carter’s Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. These improvements allow for greater reliability and easier procurement of spare parts.

The team designed electrical upgrades, which consisted of replacing the existing main switchgear (MS) south and Motor Control Center (MCC)-A and MCC-C with smart Switchgear and MCCs. The team also designed a proposed distribution system to communicate with the existing plant SCADA system. The replacement MCCs were installed with canopies over them for protection from the sun and to reduce internal heat, which will extend the life of the components. Local blower control panels were also added to the blowers fed from MCC-A and MCC-C.

The J|C team replaced 4,500 linear feet of duct bank and conductors associated with MS-North, MS-South, MCC-A, MCC-B, MCC-C, MCC-D, and MCC-E. This required working around existing underground utilities. The team also replaced the existing centrifuge control panel and back drive to update the centrifuge and extend its life.

During design, J|C performed duct bank mapping to limit conflicts that could delay construction. J|C developed a detailed sequencing plan to ensure continued operation of the plant while the MCCs, ductbank, and wire is being replaced.

Saint Arnold Restaurant and Beer Garden – Houston, TX

Saint Arnold Restaurant and Beer Garden

Client: Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Services: Permit Coordination, Site Development, Platting, Construction Management

Location:  Houston, Texas

Completion Date: July 2018

Jones|Carter teamed with Saint Arnold Brewing Company (SABC) to provide Site Development services for the new Saint Arnold Restaurant and Beer Garden. The restaurant is an addition to their existing brewery located north of Katy Freeway and west of Mary Street in downtown Houston. A 20,800 square-foot, single-story building, the restaurant and beer garden includes both covered and uncovered areas overlooking the Houston skyline.

The site for the SABC Restaurant and Beer Garden was an existing tow lot with a 60-foot-wide City of Houston utility easement that bisected the site diagonally and Semmes Street separated the existing brewery from the new restaurant. In order for SABC to purchase Semmes Street and the utility easement, the City of Houston had to determine the feasibility of the abandonment of both the utilities and the roadway. J|C assisted SABC through the purchase of Semmes Street and the utility easement by submitting a request to the Joint Referral Committee for approval.

The abandonment was essential to the development because it allowed for a seamless interaction between the restaurant and the existing brewery, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment between the two parcels. As part of the utility relocations, coordination with the City of Houston and Harris County Tollroad Authority (HCTRA) was important because an elevated portion of the Hardy Toll Road extension was proposed within the existing Mary Street right-of-way adjacent to the site. HCTRA was also including utility relocations that would conflict with the design plans, which required the J|C team to coordinate with HCTRA and the City of Houston. This resulted in revisions to the design plans to accommodate future use for the City, Saint Arnold, and HCTRA.

J|C engineering services included dry and wet utility relocations, a roadway extension, and a civil site work package for submittal to City of Houston. J|C also assisted with the platting and variance submittal as well as representation at the City of Houston’s Planning Commission and City Council.  J|C is also under contract to design the expansion of the brewery to house additional fermentation tanks.

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