Weston wins $85 million contract to expand New Orleans temporary pumping capacity

Weston Solutions Inc. was awarded an $85 million design-build contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Protection Office to increase existing temporary pumping capacity at the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals in New Orleans. The pumps will move water from outfall canals into Lake Pontchartrain in a major storm surge requiring closure of the canal flood gates. The award will be managed by the Corps but was contracted through the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence...

Feb 9th, 2007

Deal involves work at 17th Street and London Avenue Canals in Louisiana bayou city.

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 8, 2007 -- Weston Solutions Inc. announced yesterday that it has been awarded an estimated $85 million design-build contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Protection Office (HPO). The cost-reimbursable contract will increase the existing temporary pumping capacity at the 17th Street and London Avenue Canals in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pumps will move water from the outfall canals into Lake Pontchartrain in the event of a major storm surge that requires closure of the canal flood gates. The HPO award will be managed by the Corps but was contracted through the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE).

Patrick G. McCann, Weston's chairman, CEO and president said, "This is a critically important project for the people of New Orleans. We are best known for understanding the needs of the communities we work in and for delivering teams and technologies to solve our clients' most difficult challenges. We have worked successfully with AFCEE and the Corps for over 35 years. I am confident that this local team has the proven technical capability, client experience and local resources to deliver the necessary increase in New Orleans pumping capacity."

As the general contractor for the design-build project, Weston has built an exceptional team of subcontractors from the local contracting community of large and small business entities -- critical for timely execution and efficiency. In order to successfully perform this fast-track project, they have partnered with two Louisiana-based construction contractors, M.R. Pittman Group LLC and Dynamic Industries Inc. LLC, which will perform construction services on the London Avenue and 17th Street Canals. In addition, the design team will include BBG&S Engineering Consultants, a small business that will be partnered with Gresham Smith and Partners, who have worked with Weston in the past delivering design-build infrastructure services to the Army.

Matthew Beatty, Weston project manager, commented, "The selection of Weston and its partners was a best value decision, fully aligning this team around one clear established goal: providing the required pumping capacity to meet the needs of the City of New Orleans."

The project, known as the Expansion of Temporary Pump Stations at 17th Street and London Avenue Canals, is a design-build effort to increase overall capacity of those stations to pump internal storm drainage around the canal flood gates during major storms when the flood gates to Lake Pontchartrain are closed. The overall increase in capacity will provide for 7,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) on the 17th Street Canal and 5,000 cfs on the London Avenue Canal.

Weston Solutions, Inc. is a leading 1,800-person, employee-owned construction, redevelopment and environmental firm, delivering comprehensive solutions to complex problems for industry and government worldwide. Its emphasis on restoring resource efficiency to its clients' operations -- including land, air water, facilities, and staff -- ensures that clients derive maximum value from their resources.

Based out of West Chester, PA, with 60 offices around the world, Weston (www.westonsolutions.com) has had an operational presence in New Orleans since 1998 and has successfully provided fast-track contracting and construction to the Corps for 35 years and AFCEE for 14 years. In addition, it has managed over $100 million worth of work in the past two years in support of the initial response and subsequent ongoing cleanup to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, including 1,300 personnel and hundreds of man-hours and opportunities for local businesses. The company has made a difference for 50 years -- with employee-owners committed to building a better future for their clients and communities.

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