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IHNC Awarded the DFI 2011 Outstanding Project Award

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The New Orleans Inner Harbor Navigational Canal (IHNC) Floodwall is the winner of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Annual Outstanding Project Award.

The IHNC project is a key element in the largest design-build civil-works construction ever undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to protect New Orleans from hurricane storm surges such as those that battered the City in 2005 during Katrina. Traylor-Massman-Weeks, LLC, the foundation contractor who nominated the project, will be honored at DFI's 36th Annual Meeting in Boston.

Others involved in the project are

  • Owner: USACE;
  • Project Engineer: Ben C. Gerwick, Inc.;
  • General Contractor: Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group; and
  • Foundation Engineer: Eustis Engineering.

The $330M floodwall was the largest single contract in the overall Corps' program. The selection panel recognized the magnitude of the work, the severe site constraints and the accelerated schedule. The entire project is a tribute to the ingenuity of the contractors and engineers for this urgently needed floodwall project.

The DFI panel chose this project from 17 projects submitted. The selection criteria included ingenuity of foundation design and construction technique and how the design/technique met owner's needs and solved geotechnical conditions. DFI is a not-for-profit association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, owners and academia.

LAST UPDATED: 05.10.2012