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Meeting Date: 3/26/2019
District F, District G, District H
Item Creation Date: 12/19/2018

HPW – 20WWO778 Hurricane Harvey Disaster Cost Recovery for Wastewater Treatment Plants - GUPTA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Agenda Item#: 72.


ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Professional Engineering Services Contract between the City of Houston and GUPTA & ASSOCIATES, INC for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Cost Recovery for Wastewater Treatment Plants; providing a maximum contract amount - $400,000.00 - Enterprise Fund (WBS No. R-992017-HS22-3) - DISTRICTS F - LE; G - TRAVIS; and H - CISNEROS - TAGGED BY COUNCIL MEMBER BOYKINS

This was Item 38 on Agenda of March 20, 2019


SUBJECT: Professional Engineering Services Contract between the City and Gupta & Associates, Inc. for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Cost Recovery for Wastewater Treatment Plants.


RECOMMENDATION: (SUMMARY) An ordinance approving a Professional Engineering Services Contract with Gupta & Associates, Inc. and allocate funds.


PROJECT NOTICE/JUSTIFICATION: This project is part of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Cost Recovery effort.  On August 25th, 2017, Hurricane Harvey inundated the City of Houston with unprecedented rainfall flooding 18 Wastewater Treatment Plants.  Due to the heavy damage caused by the storm, the City of Houston’s Wastewater Operations Branch, part of Houston Water and Houston Public Works, requires professional engineering services to assist the branch in determining repairs/replacements/improvements needed for damaged assets, preparing insurance and FEMA claims, and substantiating those claims. The contract duration for this project is 5 years. 


DESCRIPTION/SCOPE: The consultant shall:

1.     Conduct a detailed site assessment to inventory all assets and determine their functionality and condition post Hurricane Harvey.

2.     Conduct a desktop analysis to determine the pre-condition of assets damaged by Hurricane Harvey and calculate the value lost due to the damage.

3.     Determine solutions for bringing assets to pre-Hurricane Harvey condition, optimal operating condition, and optimal with hardening/mitigation improvements and determine the associated costs.

4.     Prepare a technical memorandum to include all the information gathered and calculations made as well as recommendations for which solution should be implemented along with documentation to support the recommended solution.

5.     Assist Wastewater Operations in submitting Insurance and FEMA claims.


LOCATION:    The projects are located throughout the City of Houston.


SCOPE OF CONTRACT AND FEE: Under the scope of the Contract, the Consultant will perform Single-phase Professional Engineering Services. Basic Services Fee for Single Phase is based on a lump sum with a not-to-exceed agreed upon amount.  The total Basic Services allocation is $400,000.00


The total cost of this project is $400,000.00 to be allocated.


PAY OR PLAY PROGRAM: The proposed contract requires compliance with the City’s ‘Pay or Play’ ordinance regarding health benefits for employees of City contractors. In this case, the Contractor provides benefits for some employees but will pay into the Contractor Responsibility Fund for others, in compliance with City policy


M/WBE PARTICIPATION: The M/WBE goal for the project is set at 24%. The Consultant has proposed the following firms to achieve this goal.



Name of Firms

Work Description


% of Total Contract


Amani Engineering

Survey Assessment




Trigon Associates

Survey Assessment




KIT Professionals

Mechanical Assessment





Structural Assessment










This project was presented to the Transportation Technology and Infrastructure Committee (TTI) on November 26, 2018.



FISCAL NOTE: No Fiscal Note is required on grant items.







Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., Director

Houston Public Works


WBS No. R-992017-HS22-3

Prior Council Action:

Amount and Source of Funding:

$400,000.00 - Fund No. 8386 – 2015 Flood Disaster CUS

Contact Information:

Shannon Dunne

Senior Assistant Director, Wastewater Operations

Phone: (832)395-4989


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