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When communities went into coronavirus lockdowns and canceled public meetings starting in March 2020, some cities were determined not to let the disruption stall their planning momentum. They turned more ever to digital town halls, online surveys, social media and other mechanisms to drive their public engagement.

Freese and Nichols’ planning team quickly expanded their skillset to help clients keep moving forward.

Urban Planning & Design Group Manager Wendy Shabay and...

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Congratulations to Robert Allen, an Associate Construction Manager from Freese and Nichols’s North Texas area, for receiving the company’s Lee B. Freese Mentoring Award for his dedication to fostering guidance through the organization.

Robert recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Freese and Nichols. During this time, he has shared his knowledge on multiple projects while allowing those around him to grow from that knowledge. “He gave me a lot of room to...

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Oklahoma State University’s IMPACT magazine featured Freese and Nichols’ partnership with the school to prepare engineering students with skills for sustainable design.

Staff including Oklahoma Division Manager Tricia Hatley regularly serve as guest instructors to teach the basics of the Envision Rating System to senior design students at OSU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Envision system, provided by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, is a tool for evaluating an...

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Drought conditions largely persisted across multiple regions of the United States this week. Overall, the nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) decreased from 161 to 157, as the total percent coverage of abnormally dry (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2), and extreme (D3) drought conditions slightly declined on U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) scale. Last week, Hurricane Zeta made landfall and brought moderate rainfall (2 to 4 inches) along its path, with locally...

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The October 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system indicates the continuation of La Niña. Over the next few months, La Niña is likely to continue through the winter 2020-2021 (~85%) and into spring 2021 (~60% chance during February through April) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 2020...

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Jeff Kirkwood took his skills as Freese and Nichols Safety Director overseas this year when he was sent to Afghanistan and Qatar as a Senior Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Coronavirus pandemic restrictions kept him in San Antonio, where he lives, at the beginning of his deployment, but then he spent three months abroad as occupational safety manager for Air Force troops in Afghanistan.

Jeff has served almost 21 years...

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Even when designing drainage improvements in a project with limited easement space, aesthetics remain important to a successful outcome. When the City of Irving tasked Freese and Nichols with making drainage improvements to the Delaware Creek Channel, it was starting to show its age after being originally developed in the 1960s. To resolve the existing and expected flooding, a series of channel improvements were divided into four separate phases and have been under...

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A wide-ranging radio forum provided another opportunity to answer questions ab out Corpus Christi ’s seawater desalination project designed to develop a crucial new water source for the City .

The radio discussion, which can be heard at the KEDT-FM website , is among multiple platforms the City is using to...

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