MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — Louis Berger has been selected for the third consecutive 5-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Research (IWR) — the USACE “think tank.” The $47 million IDIQ contract will be active through March 2021.

“IWR leads USACE’s response in finding and applying innovative solutions to confront the challenges facing the nation’s water resources and infrastructure,” said Raed EL-Farhan, senior vice president and global water market sector lead. “Our team is privileged to work alongside IWR and USACE leaders to solve the most challenging water infrastructure problems and to meet the nation’s growing need for water resources.

Video screen with USACE logo and title: Securing the Nation's Future through Water Resources
WATCH: Louis Berger worked closely with the USACE Institute for Water Research (IWR) to produce the above video, an overview of the Corps' relationship with U.S. water resources.

Louis Berger’s research, analysis, future-casting and technical capabilities have been put to use by IWR through two consecutive 5-year IDIQ awards for water resources professional services. Tasks under these contracts tackle almost every aspect of the USACE Civil Works missions. Louis Berger has worked closely with IWR to study, strategize, analyze, plan, communicate and consider policy related to aquatic ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, recreation, water supply, navigation and regulatory issues.

The firm’s work with IWR includes research studies and strategy development related to alternative funding sources. As part of this work, Louis Berger has developed a white paper for USACE that addresses innovative mechanisms to enable public private partnerships.

“As USACE returns to building and expanding the nation’s water infrastructure, we will be there to help provide USACE and our nation with the most innovative and sustainable, engineering and financial solutions,” said EL-Farhan.

In addition, Louis Berger worked collaboratively with the IWR senior economists to develop the Civil Works Regional Economic System (RECONS). The award-winning tool allows USACE to provide estimates of regional economic impacts associated with USACE spending.

The 5-year contract extends Louis Berger’s working relationship with USACE IWR to more than 15 years.

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