Project Experience

Examples of our project experience include:

Environmental and/or Projects Governed by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)

  • MoPac South Environmental Study
  • Austin Water Utility Robert E. Lee Consensus Building Project
  • Trans-Texas Corridor Interstate 69 Project

    Group Solutions RJW (GSRJW) directed the Trans Texas Corridor Study’s public relations and communications programs for South and Southeast Texas, which included 8 of 14 sections of the 955-mile corridor. The outreach to 19 municipalities included key stakeholder and public meetings, collection and documentation of public comments, presentations to elected and appointed officials, newsletters, and a web site to keep communities up-to-date and engaged in the study process. GSRJW also provided administrative support and records management on the multi-year, federally funded study.

  • Interstate 35 Major Investment Study

    Working on behalf of the Texas Department of Transportation (1999 – 2004), GSRJW communicated with elected officials, the driving public, adjacent neighborhoods, and businesses along a 40-mile corridor from Georgetown to Buda in implementing its public relations program for phase two of the agency’s IH-35 Major Investment Study. The firm was the key point of contact for thousands of residents and established a multi-county citizen advisory team of business and civic leaders, conducted key person interviews, published quarterly newsletters and assisted TXDOT with media outreach and presentations in each of the five municipalities impacted by the transportation study.

  • State Highway 45 Major Investment Study

Transportation Projects

  • City of Dallas Streetcar System Plan Project
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit Downtown Dallas Transit Study

    GSRJW was first hired in May 2007 to manage communications and stakeholder relations when the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) launched its comprehensive two-year downtown Dallas transit study to identify and evaluate a range of transit improvements in the Dallas Central Business District in cooperation with the Federal Transit Authority under NEPA guidelines. GSRJW organized public meetings, facilitated advisory committee meetings, coordinated stakeholder and agency relations, developed and distributed newsletters and helped draft key messages to keep the public informed. The Group Solutions team also documented stakeholder comments and managed public participation records to comply with NEPA best practices. The relationship with DART continues as GSRJW assists with Phase 2 public communications.

  • Trans-Texas Corridor Interstate 69 Project

    Group Solutions RJW (GSRJW) directed the Trans Texas Corridor Study’s public relations and communications programs for South and Southeast Texas, which included 8 of 14 sections of the 955-mile corridor. The outreach to 19 municipalities included key stakeholder and public meetings, collection and documentation of public comments, presentations to elected and appointed officials, newsletters, and a web site to keep communities up-to-date and engaged in the study process. GSRJW also provided administrative support and records management on the multi-year, federally funded study.

  • 183A Toll Design/Build/expansion

    GSRJW oversaw community outreach and public information activities for the 11.6-mile roadway, which was the first to be constructed by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) and extended from US 183 at RM 620 to US 183 north of Leander. Additional responsibilities included media relations, serving as the neighborhood ombudsman, day-to-day public interface, community events, and project communications including website development and maintenance, community meetings, and newsletters. CTRMA opened 183A to traffic in March 2007 and after determining that an expansion was needed, hired GSRJW to implement a Community Relations Program to inform and engage the public throughout expansion.

  • Manor Expressway (290 Toll) Project

    GSRJW was hired to develop and implement the communication plan for the first phase of the 6.2-mile roadway, only the second of CTRMA’s toll way programs, which extends US 183 to east of Parmer Lane. Elements of the plan include a project database, web site and collateral material. In addition, GSRJW serves as the daily contact for businesses and stakeholders along the project area during construction, expected to be complete in 2012. Financing has been secured for additional phases of the toll way, and GSRJW has been hired to manage communications for future construction.

  • State Highway/Loop 1 Extension Project
  • RM 620 Corridor Study/O’Connor Road Extension

Water and Wastewater Projects

  • South I-35 Water and Wastewater Program

    GSRJW manages communication services and public outreach for the South I-35 Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements Program (SI35 Program). The program was created by Austin Water to facilitate developer service extension requests (SERs) to provide water and wastewater service to new commercial and residential developments; to meet the utility’s long-range master plan; and to fast-track its key major infrastructure projects in the southeast area to completion by 2012.

  • Austin Clean Water Program

    ACWP was the City of Austin’s response to a 1999 Administrative Order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace aging wastewater infrastructure and eliminate sewage overflows from the City’s wastewater collection system or face significant fines. GSRJW provided public outreach and education services, initiated and managed a Citizens Advisory Group and coordinated milestone recognition events for the $400 million infrastructure renewal program over a period of seven years. More than 800 stakeholder meetings were held during design and construction of 100 construction projects to make sure the community had input and awareness of the construction.

  • Anderson Mill Annexation Project
  • Brushy Creek Regional Water Supply Project
  • City of Austin Water Treatment Plant 4

    GSRJW coordinated communications and public outreach for Austin Water during design and construction of a new water treatment facility in northwest Austin that will draw water from Lake Travis. WTP 4 will consist of water intakes, a pump station, and pipelines to get water from Lake Travis into the treatment facility. Transmission mains will carry water from the treatment plant and then into the water distribution system and eventually into homes, schools, fire hydrants and businesses.

  • Ulrich Water Treatment Plant Expansion

Watershed Protection Projects

  • Lady Bird Lake East 4th Street Storm Water Improvements

    GSRJW managed community outreach to educate the community about the installation of a new storm drain pipe and curbside inlets on Mildred and parts of Canterbury, Diaz, Hidalgo, East 4th, East 3rd and San Saba Streets. The storm drain will connect to an existing outfall (where the water from the pipe pours out into the river) located underground behind Metz Park.

  • Waller Creek Tunnel

    GSRJW coordinated community outreach for the project that consists of the design and construction of an underground storm-water bypass tunnel approximately one mile long and 22 feet in diameter beginning in Waterloo Park and ending at Lady Bird Lake near Waller Beach. Several major construction projects are included — an inlet in Waterloo Park, an outlet in Lady Bird Lake, a mile-long tunnel, and a new boathouse for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. When completed, 28 acres of prime downtown property will be lifted out of the floodplain for redevelopment.

Government Remediation Projects

  • Laredo Air Force Base Landfill Remediation (Sponsor: US Corps of Army Engineers)
  • Atlas Missile Site Remediation (Sponsor: US Corps of Army Engineers)
  • Austin Clean Water Program (Regulatory Authority: Environmental Protection Agency)

    ACWP was the City of Austin’s response to a 1999 Administrative Order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to replace aging wastewater infrastructure and eliminate sewage overflows from the City’s wastewater collection system or face significant fines. GSRJW provided public outreach and education services, initiated and managed a Citizens Advisory Group and coordinated milestone recognition events for the $400 million infrastructure renewal program over a period of seven years. More than 800 stakeholder meetings were held during design and construction of 100 construction projects to make sure the community had input and awareness of the construction.

Administrative Compliance and Records Management

  • Trans-Texas Corridor Interstate 69 Project

    Group Solutions RJW (GSRJW) directed the Trans Texas Corridor Study’s public relations and communications programs for South and Southeast Texas, which included 8 of 14 sections of the 955-mile corridor. The outreach to 19 municipalities included key stakeholder and public meetings, collection and documentation of public comments, presentations to elected and appointed officials, newsletters, and a web site to keep communities up-to-date and engaged in the study process. GSRJW also provided administrative support and records management on the multi-year, federally funded study.

  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit Downtown Dallas Transit Study
  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport Security Upgrade Project

    GSRJW provided on site administrative support, which included documentation of monthly meeting results and distribution of summaries and other materials to project team members.

  • South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Austin Energy Cost of Service Study
  • Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Power Distribution Improvement CIP Project
  • Davis Water Treatment Plant Process Improvements and Equipment Rehabilitation Project

    GSRJW provided on site administrative support, which included documenting and distributing submittals, drafting and filing project meeting summaries and management of office recordkeeping.

Research Initiatives

  • TxDOT Loop 1 Investment Study (User Survey)

    GSRJW directed public communications services for the Loop 1/US 183 Improvement Study, which focused on Loop 1 (MoPac) from SH 45 to Parmer Lane, and US 183 from IH 35 to SH 45. The work included public meetings, newsletters, and a web site to keep the community informed and to respond to questions and concerns. The study included a driver survey that solicited user input using automatic signs along the highway corridor. Drivers were directed to an on-line survey that captured and analyzed their input. The study evaluated a number of potential mobility improvement concepts, including but not limited to, safety and operational enhancement, increase in general traffic capacity, and addition of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

  • TxDOT Environmental Justice Research Initiative (Targeted Populations: African American, Hispanic, low-income and moderate income)

    GSRJW assisted TxDOT and its Environmental Justice Work Group in identifying means and methods to secure the input of environmental justice communities in Central Texas on transportation issues, including the effects of toll roads and toll lanes on EJ populations in the Central Texas region. Group Solutions’ responsibilities included identifying EJ outreach methods and soliciting input from the EJ communities in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties.

  • CAMPO 2035 Transportation Plan: People, Planning and Preparing for the Future (Informal Intercepts)

    GSRJW planned and executed stakeholder outreach and communications, facilitating public workshops and conducting survey outreach throughout the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CAMPO) five county region. Research included an on-line survey and analysis of survey results. CAMPO’s objective was to obtain stakeholder input and build public support for a regional mobility plan that addressed citizen and business needs in a five-county area. GSRJW organized and oversaw dialogue sessions for stakeholders in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties and drafted a report documenting public comments. The plan was adopted in spring 2011.

  • TxDOT Mall Project (Intercept Survey)

Projects Requiring Significant Outreach To Environmental Justice (EJ) Populations

  • City of Austin Del Valle Annexation Initiative (Targeted Populations: African American, Hispanic, low –income and moderate income)

    GSRJW provided public access to all information regarding water and wastewater improvements to the annexed areas in Del Valle. As part of the public outreach activities, GSRJW established a Child Safety Program with Del Valle Independent School District, initiated community clean-up activities in partnership with the Del Valle community and the City of Austin’s Health Department and provided all communications in English and Spanish.

  • TxDOT Environmental Justice Research Initiative (Targeted Populations: African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and low-to- moderate income)

    GSRJW assisted TxDOT and its Environmental Justice Work Group in identifying means and methods to secure the input of environmental justice communities in Central Texas on transportation issues, including the effects of toll roads and toll lanes on EJ populations in the Central Texas region. Group Solutions’ responsibilities included identifying EJ outreach methods and soliciting input from the EJ communities in Williamson, Travis and Hays counties.

  • City of Austin Walnut Creek Annexation (Targeted Population: Vietnamese American)
  • CAMPO 2035 Transportation Plan: People, Planning and Preparing for the Future (Targeted Populations: African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and low-to- moderate income residents)
  • City of Austin 20-Year Comprehensive Plan (Targeted Populations: African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and low-to- moderate income)