Technical Tour

Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps Project

Sponsored by Stantec
Tuesday, October 30 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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When a city like New Orleans faces a risk the size of a Category 5 hurricane, the solution needs to be just as formidable. Enter USACE’s $690,000,000 Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) design-build project where Stantec served as the lead designer and architect. Join us on Tuesday, October 30th as the USACE, SLFPA-E, CPRA and Stantec hosts a tour of PCCP, the second largest drainage pumping system in the world, and the last major piece of the $14.5 billion post-Katrina hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system.

Guests on the tour will visit one of the three massive pump station and flood gate facilities standing at the end of the City’s key outfall drainage canals at Lake Pontchartrain. During a major storm event, the 18-foot high flood gates will lower to prevent lake surge from entering the canals (as happened, catastrophically, with Katrina). At the same time, the pumps will be activated to remove water from the canals into the lake. The pumps are driven by large diesel generators and have a combined capacity of up to 24,300 cubic feet per second. They will operate continuously and independently during hurricane and major rainfall events. When working at peak capacity, the pumps can drain enough water to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool in 4 seconds and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 89 minutes.

PCCP advances the state-of-the-art for design, testing, and construction of three major infrastructure projects, simultaneously. An award-winning engineering feat, PCCP was recently featured on the History's new series Project Impossible.
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