News Release: USACE Galveston awards small business contract to survey Addicks and Barker

HOUSTON (March 4, 2011) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract Feb. 17, 2011, to Landtech Consultants Inc., a small business, in the amount of $27,464.32 for a deformation survey of structures at the Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs located in Harris and Fort Bend counties, Texas.

Constructed in the 1940s, the Addicks and Barker dams and reservoirs are flood damage reduction projects designed to prevent downstream flooding of Buffalo Bayou in the City of Houston. The upcoming deformation survey of the structures is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the structural integrity of the dams and is scheduled to be completed by April.

According to Scott Leimer, a geotechnical engineer in the USACE Galveston District, the contract requires measurements to be taken at each conduit joint to determine if there has been any movement in the structure and for the data to be compared to measurements taken in 2003 and 2009. Additionally, the gate structure will be examined to detect any movement and the stilling basin walls will have any significant cracks mapped and measured for future monitoring purposes to reveal changes in the condition of the walls at both the Addicks and Barker dams.

“The Addicks and Barker project allows Landtech to showcase our survey expertise for the USACE,” said Cathy D’Arche, Landtech Consultants Inc. “We are fortunate to have this opportunity and to benefit from the USACE’ aggressive goals for small business participation.”

USACE Galveston District awarded more than $11 million in contracts to small businesses during fiscal year 2011 and nearly $116 million in FY10.

"Small businesses remain vital to the economic growth of the Texas Gulf Coast Region,” said Deputy of the Office of Small Business Programs Ken Adams, USACE Galveston District. “The Galveston District continues to reach out to small businesses as we understand the crucial role they play in the economic development of our local and national economies, and to our Corps’ procurement process.”

USACE Galveston District supports the government’s policy of placing a fair proportion of its contracts with qualified small, small disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran owned businesses.

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