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Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District study wins gold for engineering excellence

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Texas awarded civil engineering firm Dannenbaum Engineering a gold medal for its work on the Upper Texas Coastal Hurricane Storm Surge Suppression Study.

The study was part of The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s effort to protect the upper Texas coast from storm surge flooding associated with hurricanes and other tropical storm events.

“When you look at all of the damage done by Ike, it’s clear we need a solution sooner rather than later,” Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, Chair of the GCCPRD Board of Directors said. “This study shows the importance of building storm surge protection for our entire region.”

The state award, given under the Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services category, qualifies the project to advance to the national competition.

The Engineering Excellence Awards Competition has been held by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas since its inception in 1975 to honor and recognize outstanding achievements within the engineering community. A panel of judges around the state select projects based on innovation, future value to the engineering profession, social and economic considerations, complexity and exceeding the client’s needs.

About The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD:)

As a result of the Commission’s recommendations, the GCCPRD was formed to help Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange counties develop plans and conduct studies to alleviate damage from events like Hurricane Ike. The GCCPRD is a local government corporation governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the County Judge of each participating county and three additional appointed members serving three-year terms. Former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels was appointed by the Board to serve as President of the District.

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