Black & Veatch has announced it has created a Center of Excellence in its Houston office to deliver sustainable, cost-effective tunnelled solutions.
The company says that with its extensive background in large-scale tunnelling projects across Texas, the U.S. and globally, it is uniquely positioned to help clients deliver challenging conveyance and storage projects with an eye to economic, environmental and community benefits.
The Center of Excellence designation of Black & Veatch’s Houston office comes as major metropolitan areas, many in low-lying coastal regions or otherwise exposed to damaging rain events, have begun to see diminishing returns on investments in traditional conveyance and storage systems. Deep, large-diameter tunnels Black & Veatch says, can deliver value for wastewater and stormwater utilities by providing additional storage and conveyance capacity to significantly reduce or eliminate flooding and raw sewage overflow discharges.
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“Large urban areas are increasingly turning to large-diameter tunnels to minimize the impacts of extreme weather as well as minimize public and environmental impacts from traditional stormwater conveyance and storage projects. Tunnels remove floodwaters from problem areas and improve mobility by keeping streets free of water, generally without requiring significant property acquisition or causing damage to environmental habitats,” Jarl Molander, senior client director said. “From concept development through construction management, our office can help communities achieve these benefits while managing risk to deliver projects cost effectively.”