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Permanent Canal Closures & Pumps (PCCP) Project Management and Engineering Support

Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Areas of Expertise: Coastal Planning, Engineering & Restoration, Environmental, Water & Sewerage Systems

Prior to task order for Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), GEC was contracted by the USACE, New Orleans District to perform a conceptual design of three permanent pump stations at the London Avenue, Orleans Avenue, and 17th Street outfall canals for the City of New Orleans. GEC studied two improvement options – Gated Pump Stations and Replacement Pump Stations. The final report provided a comparison of the options including a life cycle management cost analysis, and the first option became the preferred option.


The PCCP project is an estimated $750 Million project consisting of three (3) pumping stations that are being designed and constructed with design operating capacities of 12,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 17th Street Canal, 2,700 cfs at Orleans Avenue Canal and 9,000 cfs at London Avenue Canal. The three main outfall canals in New Orleans are a critical element of the flood control system, serving as drainage conduits for much of the city. Each pump station will include a gated closure section normally open that can be closed to provide a 100-year level of storm surge risk reduction. This project is intended to allow the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) to evacuate rainwater, unimpeded, from the city throughout the entirety of all future hurricane events. CPRA is the non-federal sponsor for the project responsible for operating and maintaining the project. On April 17, 2013 the USACE awarded a Design-Build contract to PCCP Constructors JV; construction is scheduled for completion in 44 months (early 2017).


The CPRA issued a task order under an existing CPRA Professional Services IDIQ Contract held by GEC for project management support to lead and supplement the CPRA’s project team for the PCCP project. The scope of services provides for a contract Project Manager and support staff to assist the CPRA non-federal project delivery team for the PCCP project. The Project Manager is tasked with performing the full scope of duties described in the CPRA’s Project Management Procedures Manual including the planning, management and supervision of other contract staff, CPRA staff, and others contracted to CPRA in support of the project.


For this 100% federally funded project, the CPRA project team is closely engaged in project execution to verify constructability, operability and maintainability of the project features.  As CPRA is responsible for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the project, attention is focused during project execution to ensure that O&M of completed structures is minimized and not problematic. The CPRA team serves a liaison role between the CPRA project delivery team and the USACE project management team, requiring on-site, office co-location and close collaboration with the USACE project delivery team to foster effective communication.


The CPRA Project Management team is responsible for review of design submittals, including plans and specifications, as well as any new USACE Engineering Alternative Reports, to assure general adherence to the project scope. The CPRA project team review is focused on assuring compliance with HSDRRS design guidance and addressing project constructibility, long-term operability, and maintainability. All 100 percent design submittals are reviewed to ensure that all comments have been incorporated.  Additionally, Design Change Notices (DCN), Requests for Information (RFI), and other modifications submitted by the Designers are reviewed for modification to scope, operability and maintainability.


The CPRA Project Management team is responsible for coordinating reviews by the entire CPRA Project Team and the submission of consistent, unified comments for all stages of the USACE design packages. The Project Manager is responsible for collecting and reviewing all non-federal sponsor (CPRA, SLFPA-E and NOSWB) comments as well as the comments of separate CPRA engineering contractor to ensure consistency and unity so that the CPRA Project Team is speaking with one voice. Once this unity is accomplished, the Project Management team is responsible for logging all CPRA comments into an electronic database. 

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