The State of North Carolina has selected two private firms to serve as State Floodplain Mapping Contractors for its Floodplain Mapping Program. The firms are Greenhorne & O'Mara (G&O) and Watershed Concepts. The selection of G&O and Watershed Concepts was qualifications based. This means that the State advertised the criteria for performing on this project and encouraged interested firms to submit "Letters of Qualification" demonstrating how they met the criteria. Four firms submitted Letters of Qualification, which were evaluated by a board comprised of State and FEMA staff. The firms were then interviewed by the selection board. G&O and Watershed Concepts were rated as the most qualified and were selected to begin negotiations with the State.
G&O is a full-service, multidisciplinary design/consulting firm specializing in site engineering, planning, transportation, environmental, and surveying/mapping services. G&O, which is headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, has offices in Raleigh and throughout the Eastern United States. G&O has been assigned the Lumber and Cape Fear basins and will perform LIDAR surveys, produce Digital Elevation Models, conduct flood hazard studies, and produce digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps for these basins.
Watershed Concepts, a Division of HSMM, Inc., provides a full range of engineering consulting services focused entirely on water resources planning and engineering, GIS, and computer programming functions. Located in Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina, its clients include FEMA, state agencies, and municipal and county governments in several states. Watershed Concepts has been assigned the White Oak, Neuse, Tar-Pamlico, and Pasquotank basins. Additionally, Watershed Concepts has been tasked with performing the requirements analysis and preliminary system design for the online Information Management system.
The term of the contracts is two years with an additional three one-year optional years at the State's discretion. Both G&O and Watershed concepts will have project offices in Raleigh for the Floodplain Mapping Program.