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 $730,000,000 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 (5.5-metre) high flood gates will lower to prevent lake surge from entering the canals (as happened with Katrina). At the same time, the pumps will be activated to remove water from the canals into the lake. Stantec developed models using HEC-RAS, RiverFlow 2D, and ANSYS Fluent3D CFD software to perform risk-based hydrologic and hydraulic studies.
The pumps are driven by large diesel generators and have a combined capacity of up to 24,300 cubic feet (688 cubic metres) per second. They will operate continuously and independently during hurricane and major rainfall events. At peak capacity, the pumps can drain enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in four seconds.
At a Glance
- USACE - New Orleans District
- ACEC British Columbia, Award of Excellence, 2018
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Rob Mullins, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Programs and Business Solutions
Vice President, Global Practice Leader for Environmental Hydraulics
Senior Vice President, Water
President & Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President, Chief Growth & Innovation Officer
Senior Associate, Water
Dwight (Ike) Saunders
Executive Vice President, Water
Principal, Operational Technologies Practice Lead
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