Freese And Nichols Adds Carper, Mccaskie To Resiliency Design Group


Freese and Nichols, Inc. has announced that Ken Carper, P.E., C.F.M., and Steve McCaskie, P.E., have joined the firm’s Water Resources Resiliency Design Group. Carper, based in San Antonio, will help expand Freese and Nichols’ stormwater and floodplain management services for clients throughout Central Texas. McCaskie, working from Austin and Houston, will enhance the firm’s civil works and large-scale water resource design projects.

“By incorporating resiliency into our infrastructure services, Freese and Nichols is helping protect the public’s investments and way of life,” said Brian Coltharp, President and CEO of Freese and Nichols. “Ken and Steve’s national expertise will enable our clients to prepare for extreme events, absorb their effects, recover quickly and adapt over the long term.”

Over the course of his career, Carper has planned and designed resiliency solutions for both private and public entities, including federal agencies, state agencies and municipal governments. He has worked on projects for several North Carolina cities, including Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Wilmington. In addition to managing a number of stormwater master plans, Carper has experience in floodplain management, watershed planning, water quality, infrastructure design, sustainability and quality assurance.

Prior to joining Freese and Nichols, Carper served on a team that developed a stormwater best management practices (BMP) program (toolbox) to reduce/eliminate surface water wildlife hazards, improve water quality and facilitate stormwater permitting for airport expansion projects in North Carolina. Throughout the course of this project, Carper worked closely with the North Carolina Division of Aviation, North Carolina Airports Association, North Carolina State University researchers, United States Department of Agriculture and North Carolina Division of Water Quality.

Carper earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.

McCaskie joins Freese and Nichols with more than three decades of experience in project management, engineering, design, construction, operations and maintenance, and inspection and monitoring of water resource, flood protection, inland navigation, transportation, underground, and port and harbor projects. He also has extensive expertise in geotechnical explorations, condition surveys and evaluations, risk assessments, safety inspections, construction monitoring and inspection, earth dam and levee design, ground modification, soil-structure interaction and earthquake engineering.

He has a distinguished career working on large-scale civil works projects across the nation and has directly been responsible for the strategic planning, project delivery and quality analysis of flood control and water resource projects. Most recently, McCaskie was project manager and lead geotechnical engineer for the Devils Lake Flood Risk Management in North Dakota, the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam improvements in Illinois, the Cheboygan Lock and Dam improvements in Michigan and the CapX2020 transmission line crossing of the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

McCaskie earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southwest and Southeast United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the only engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at

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