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Atkins to provide environmental consulting services for the City of San Antonio, Texas - 12 December 2012

Atkins has been awarded a contract to provide on-call environmental consulting services for the City of San Antonio, Texas, for the fourth consecutive time.

Atkins’ work will facilitate projects associated with a recently passed $596 million city bond programme that will fund improvements to streets, bridges, drainage and flood control systems, libraries, museums and arts facilities.

Atkins’ senior project manager, Ryan Bayer, said: “Atkins has enjoyed a productive and collaborative relationship with the City of San Antonio over the last nine years, and we are fortunate to be able to continue to work on these important projects.”

The scope of work includes a range of environmental assessments involving cultural resources, endangered species, noise and air issues, U.S. waters, hazardous materials and U.S. Department of Transportation areas including park lands, recreational areas, wildlife refuges and historic sites.

Specific programmes where Atkins is providing a mix of engineering, environmental, cultural, and technological services include:

  • NEPA studies — Atkins will develop NEPA studies for City construction projects, an example of which is the NEPA evaluations the company conducted of San Antonio’s Mission Trail, a 10-mile-long, public hike-and-bike trail that is in the final stages of completion. The trail generally parallels the San Antonio River and links the historic site of The Alamo in downtown San Antonio to four other Spanish missions that were founded along the River to the south between 1720 and 1731—including Mission Concepción, the oldest unrestored stone church in the U.S. As part of its research, Atkins identified and documented several historic acequia (Spanish irrigation channels from the 1700s) and unearthed numerous artifacts, including a well-preserved European-style beverage stein from the 1800s.
  • Investigating, monitoring, and assessing cultural resources — The San Antonio area was home to native Americans for thousands of years before Spanish settlers began arriving in 1717, so there are both native American and settler burial sites throughout the region. To ensure compliance with Texas health and safety codes, Atkins will assess construction sites for old graves, coffins, and other remains and coordinate proper removal and/or relocation before construction begins.
  • Stream restoration — Atkins will continue to work closely with the City to develop environmentally sound urban stream restorations that incorporate solid engineering design with improved stream conditions.
  • Performing karst surveys — Much of the underlying geological structure around San Antonio is made up of limestone karst and is laced with caves, canyons and sinkholes. Atkins will perform cave surveys in and around San Antonio and in the area of the Edwards Aquifer, which supplies drinking water for approximately two million Texans.
  • Environmental permitting — Working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Federal Highway Administration and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Atkins will develop and coordinate environmental clearances for a number of key drainage and transportation improvement projects.
  • Assessing threatened and endangered species — Atkins will work with TPWD to capture and remove non-native fish from the San Antonio River.
  • Developing Web sites — Atkins is in the process of developing a website that will be used by local citizens and visitors to learn about and navigate the Mission Trail system.

Bayer said that his team will also provide service assessments of historic structures, water quality assessments, asbestos management services, and mitigation-related services.


For more information:

Carol Hobbs
Communications director, North America

Jane Sheils
Group PR manager

+1 407.806.4139

+44 1372 752 350 / +44 7803 259 777

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Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies*, employing some 17,700 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

*14th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2012), the largest global architecture firm (BD World Architecture 100 2012) and the largest multidisciplinary consultancy in Europe (Svensk Teknik och Design 2011).

Atkins is working across urban regeneration, master planning, national energy programmes, major transport schemes, water and environment projects - applying smart design solutions on projects including:

  • Doha Central Planning Office - helping to co-ordinate Qatar’s National 2030 Vision for world class transport infrastructure, which will bring major benefits to the economy;
  • The London 2012 Games infrastructure transformation - as technical advisor to London’s boroughs as the Olympic Park moves into its legacy configuration as a follow-on role to our work as the Games’ official engineering and design provider;
  • UAE’s peaceful nuclear new build programme - providing technical assurance to lenders backing the United Arab Emirates’ most ambitious energy infrastructure projects;
  • North Sea and Gulf of Mexico oil and gas platforms - extending the operational life of critical oil and gas platforms to allow cost-efficient and safe recovery of fuel sources from mature fields;
  • SSE offshore wind alliance - provision of expert engineering and design support for the UK’s biggest offshore wind alliance with Scottish and Southern Energy;
  • Crossrail - designing the Central London twin tunnels and station architecture for Europe’s biggest civil engineering scheme which will see tunnels passing beneath 470 listed buildings and critical infrastructure;
  • Etihad Railway - providing multidisciplinary design expertise on the 1,200 km Etihad Rail network which will revolutionise passenger and freight transport in the UAE;
  • Denmark ERTMS - providing multidisiplinary signalling expertise on the first countrywide installation of an ERTMS train control and management system in Denmark;
  • Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge - lead consultant on this integral part of the new Hong Kong link road scheme which will significantly boost land connectivity in the region;
  • Lowestoft Sixth Form College - design of the ultralow energy consumption Lowestoft College in the UK which aims to reduce operational energy use by more than 60% compared to previous designs;
  • UK National Composites Centre - providing technical expertise to bring the latest lightweight carbon fibre materials to all engineering sectors, helping to develop innovative applications and reduce costs and carbon;
  • US Environmental Protection Agency - providing technical assessment and analysis of national water-related resources and ecological systems in North America.

Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Mission Concepción, the oldest
unrestored stone church in the U.S
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Atkins' previous excavations
yielded an 1800s Euro beverage
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