Brown & Root’s Infrastructure and Coastal Restoration group specializes in projects directed towards the restoration of coastal areas, particularly along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

Coastal loss in Louisiana is an urgent problem and is rapidly getting worse.  From 2004 through 2008 alone more than 300 Square Miles were lost as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.  With sea levels rising, increasingly intense coastal storms, and coastal land continuing to sink, an additional 85 Square Miles of land mass will be lost by 2020.

Reversing coastal loss requires an innovative approach, to go from the permit and planning stages through project execution.  Brown & Root delivers solutions which synchronize financial requirements with the orderly prosecution of the work to provide best value to our clients.

Together, we can fix this.

Our mission is to facilitate client requirements and objectives for large and complex public infrastructure in the Water Resources market including very large scale efforts to restore degraded and deteriorating coastal shoreline and marshland.

Brown & Root has been a leading water resources contractor since the earliest days of its history.  Our expertise involves the management and successful delivery of large and complex water resource infrastructure projects. Our leadership team has a proven track record of delivering high-quality, unprecedented (“first-time-ever”) projects and programs on schedule and within budgets.

We provide Innovative & Active Solutions to break out of the planning and data-gathering cycles, to implement concurrent engineering and permitting with procurement and construction.

The Brown & Root Coastal Restoration Team is one of the most highly-experienced groups in the United States, bringing knowledge, experience and Lessons Learned from mega-infrastructure projects and programs and large-scale contingency operations.

Charlie Hess is President of Infrastructure and Coastal Restoration business unit at Brown & Root, responsible for all aspects of our activities in the water resources, coastal restoration and civil works arena.  The preponderance of Charlie’s more than 40-year career was spent with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), culminating in his role as Chief of Operations/Civil Works at Corps Headquarters.

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