Freese and Nichols adds Carl Sepulveda to lead coastal and port projects

Carl Sepulveda
Courtesy of Freese and Nichols

HOUSTON – Feb. 18, 2020 – Freese and Nichols, Inc., has expanded its coastal and marine expertise with the addition of Carl Sepulveda, PE, an experienced project manager specializing in federal civil works, ecosystem restoration and port improvement projects.

Sepulveda brings to Freese and Nichols’ Coastal and Navigation Practice team more than 15 years of experience in planning, managing and delivering a wide variety of water resources development projects. His work has included projects for deep-draft navigation channel improvements, flood risk management, coastal storm damage reduction and ecosystem restoration.

He has led multidisciplinary project teams and has successfully collaborated with diverse sets of stakeholders with competing interests to formulate and deliver complex, multimillion-dollar projects for ship channel improvements and beneficial use of dredged material (BUDM).

Sepulveda is well-versed in working with and completing projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, port and transportation authorities, flood control districts, TxDOT Maritime, and other state and local agencies.

“Carl’s special blend of knowledge about coastal and navigation projects, and the many facets they involve, strengthens our ability to help clients develop innovative solutions,” said Robert Chambers, Freese and Nichols’ Environmental Science/Coastal Group Manager.

Sepulveda’s experience covers a broad range of skills, including:

  • Federal feasibility studies and permitting processes, including Civil Works planning for navigation, flood risk management, and coastal protection and restoration
  • Section 408 permissions, Sections 10/404 permitting, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and documentation
  • H&H, flood damage estimations and habitat evaluation modeling
  • Economic and benefit-cost analyses for capital improvement projects
  • Engineering with the environment, BUDM, sustainability and resiliency
  • Compliance with federal and State of Texas laws governing coastal areas, protected species, air, water quality, hazardous material/waste and cultural resources

Sepulveda is a licensed Texas Professional Civil Engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. He also is a former U.S. Air Force officer who served 10 years as a Bioenvironmental Engineer, leading military and civilian staff in environmental engineering, monitoring, industrial health and related emergency response.

About Freese and Nichols

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southeast and Southwest United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at