U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District Awards Quality Assurance Inspection Services Contract for Dredging and Construction Projects to Thomas/Wright, Inc.

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In October 2006, Thomas/ Wright, Inc. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District to provide dredging and construction inspectors. The Corps has recently identified the dredging projects for 2007.

In October 2006, Thomas/Wright, Inc. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Portland District to provide dredging and construction inspectors to USACE. USACE, Portland District has recently identified the dredging projects for 2007.

One major project is the Columbia River Consolidated Material Removal project which currently is being advertised as a Request for Proposal, Best Value. The current response date is April 5, 2007. Work is expected to begin in May or June.

A second major project is the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project, Phase 3. The contract is expected to be advertised in mid-April with a Notice to Proceed to be issued in June. This project involves the dredging of three to four million cubic yards of material by clamshell, hopper, pipeline, or any combination. The project has six upland disposal sites.

The Columbia River Channel Improvement Project is a collaborative effort between the USACE, Portland District and six river ports in Oregon and Washington to improve navigation in the Columbia River by deepening the navigation channel. The deepening is needed to accommodate the current fleet of international bulk cargo and container ships. The overall project will also improve the condition of the Columbia River estuary through the completion of various environmental restoration projects.

"We are excited about the opportunity to be part of these projects by providing qualified dredging inspectors to the Corps," said Kathleen Thomas, President of Thomas/Wright, Inc.

Thomas/Wright, Inc. is a civil engineering firm that provides services to the Federal government. In addition to planning and design services, the firm provides construction management and inspection personnel. For additional information, visit the website at http://www.thomaswright.com.

The firm is accepting resumes of qualified dredging inspectors. Required qualifications for dredging inspectors are listed at http://www.thomaswright.com/employmentopportunities-body.htm

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