Freese and Nichols expands El Paso team with two key water resources engineers

EL PASO, Texas – June 22, 2017Freese and Nichols, Inc. announces that water resources engineers Brad Kirksey, P.E., and Keeley Kirksey, P.E., have relocated to El Paso to join the firm’s growing team. Their expertise in dams and levees, water resources planning, and water and wastewater utilities will strengthen Freese and Nichols’ services to cities and agencies throughout the El Paso region.

“As El Paso grows and changes, we’re committed to investing in the region to support its needs now and for years to come,” said Brian Coltharp, president and CEO of Freese and Nichols. “Brad and Keeley’s track record of providing innovative engineering solutions, combined with their familiarity with the area, make them well-suited for our El Paso team. I’m confident that they’ll become trusted advisors for our partners there.”

Brad Kirksey is a project manager specializing in the inspection, design and rehabilitation of water resources facilities. His experience includes many high-profile projects, most notably the design of four dams and lakes at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia, site of the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree. He has also played major roles in the designs of Dry Comal Creek Flood Retarding Structure in Central Texas and Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir in North Texas, and the implementation of a comprehensive dam safety program at Fort Hood.

Brad is project manager for the replacement of the Jackson Ground Storage Tank, in west central El Paso, and the design of the Silver Springs Arroyo Dam. Both are El Paso Water projects.

Keeley Kirksey is a project manager specializing in water resources planning. She is experienced in local and regional water supply planning and in the assessment of water supply facilities. She is assistant project manager for the 2021 Region E Water Plan, which will evaluate Far West Texas’ current and future water demands and provide guidance on short- and long-term water management strategies.

Keeley helped develop the water plans for Regions A, B, C and F, in North and West Texas, and she helped in the design of the Ward County Water Supply Project, a 42-mile pipeline system connecting to Odessa to provide emergency drought relief. She is an Envision® Sustainability Professional certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and in 2016 was part of a project team that helped the Tarrant Regional Water District earn an Envision Platinum Award.

The Kirkseys, who relocated from Freese and Nichols’ Fort Worth headquarters, are both graduates of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in water resources; Keeley earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering/hydrology.

Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages public infrastructure projects across the United States. Its service to the El Paso region dates to 1895, when founder John Hawley provided water system engineering to the City of El Paso. In recent years, Freese and Nichols’ projects have included the Zaragoza Reservoir Rehabilitation and Van Buren Dam Improvements for El Paso Water; the El Paso Subdivision Ordinance Update for the City of El Paso; and the Sunland Park Levee Forensic Analysis for the International Boundary and Water Commission. The firm also contributed to the 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 Region E Water Plans.

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