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USACE Galveston awards $6.2 million contract for shoreline stabilization along Houston Ship Channel

GALVESTON, Texas (July 30, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $6,227,786 to Bertucci Contracting Company LLC, for shoreline stabilization along the Houston Ship Channel’s Mid Bay Placement Area and Placement Area 15 in Chambers County, Texas.

Work will consist of replacement of damaged riprap along the shoreline in order to protect the placement area from wave erosion.

“Dredged material placement areas are necessary for the Corps to maintain navigation along federal channels,” said Tricia Campbell, an operations manager in the USACE Galveston District’s Navigation Branch. “These placement areas provide capacity for maintenance material dredged from the Houston Ship Channel and Bayport Ship Channel projects.”

According to Campbell, each year, the USACE Galveston District dredges approximately 30 to 40 million cubic yards of material from Texas channels to fulfill its mission of keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce (benefiting ports handling 500 million tons of commerce annually).

Work is scheduled to begin August 2015 with an estimated completion date of March 2016.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 250 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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SWD welcomes Ollar as new deputy commander

Southwestern Division Deputy Commander Col. Donovan Ollar (Photo by Andre Mayeaux)
Southwestern Division Deputy Commander Col. Donovan Ollar (Photo by Andre Mayeaux)

by Martie Cenkci
Southwestern Division Public Affairs

Col. Donovan D. Ollar became the Deputy Commander of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on July 17, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he was Sidewinder 07, the Senior Engineer Trainer, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.

The Colorado Springs, Colo., native has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Commander, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th BCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Prior to taking command, he served as the Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer for the 84th Engineer Battalion and Maneuver Planner with the 25th Infantry Division, both at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He also served as a Project Engineer with the Far East District, Korea; Engineer Captain’s Career Course Small Group Instructor and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the Maneuver Support Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

His overseas deployments have included Uphold Democracy in Haiti (1995-96); Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines in 2004; and in Afghanistan from 2004-2005 and again 2012-2013. He also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-2007 and 2009–2010.

“Col. Ollar is an outstanding addition to our leadership team,” said Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, Southwestern Division commander. “He brings proven command and leadership experience, combined with engineering and professional expertise, all of which will help us as we work to deliver value to the region and to the Nation.”

Ollar is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

His military awards and decorations include four Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutists Badge and Air Assault Badge.

The official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division publication