The Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, Inc., meeting in the Galveston County Commissioners Courtroom, today unanimously selected Dannenbaum Engineering as engineering consultant to the corporation, which is studying the feasibility of a storm surge protection system such as the proposed Ike Dike. Listen (13:22)
Former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, who is president of the GCCPRD said that Dannenbaum will help him to select an engineer for the main project when funding becomes available. Eckels said that nine responses to the group's request for qualifications for an engineering consultant were received.
"I am impressed with the level of talent that we have in our community that are capable of doing this kind of work," Eckels said, noting that the list includes large national firms and groups of firms that have done work on the Gulf Coast. "In the end there are several of these that it would make sense to use as part of the overall setting."
Eckels said that Dannenbaum has agreed to work with him to narrow the scope for the major project, but will not be considered for consulting work on the feasibility study itself, when funding is in place to move forward.
"They are willing to forego the bigger project," Eckels said. "What we really need, what I need, is someone who can help design and scope the project and evaluate the RFPs."
"We appreciate all the firms responding," said Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, who chairs the corporation. "I look forward to working with the Dannenbaum firm on this organizational scope drafting; and when we get the money we can kick it into high gear."
The board deferred the nomination of three at-large directors to serve for three-year terms and also the consideration of establishing one or more committees.
The board set a tentative date to meet again for December 7, 2010.