Improving the resiliency for the City of New Orleans and surrounding communities
When a city like New Orleans faces a risk the size of a Category 5 hurricane, the solution needs to be just as formidable. Enter the $700,000,000 Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) design-build project where Stantec served as the lead designer and architect. PCCP, the second largest drainage pumping system in the world, was the last major piece of the $14.6 billion post-Katrina hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system.
Three massive pump station and flood gate facilities stand at the end of the City’s key outfall drainage canals at Lake Pontchartrain. During a major storm event, the 18-foot high flood gates will lower to prevent lake surge from entering the canals (as happened, catastrophically, with Katrina). At the same time, the pumps will be activated to remove water from the canals into the lake.
The pumps are driven by large diesel generators and have a combined capacity of up to 24,300 cubic feet per second. They will operate continuously and independently during hurricane and major rainfall events. When working at peak capacity, the pumps can drain enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in 4 seconds and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 89 minutes.
PCCP advances the state-of-the-art for design, testing, and construction of three major infrastructure projects, simultaneously. An award-winning engineering feat, PCCP was recently featured on the History's new series Project Impossible.
Meet Our Team
Rob Mullins, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Programs and Business Solutions
Vice President, Global Practice Leader for Environmental Hydraulics
Senior Vice President, Discipline Leader, Water
President & Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Water (Incoming Executive Vice President, Water)
Senior Associate, Water
Dwight (Ike) Saunders
Senior Vice President, Water Project Delivery
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