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Flood mitigation projects
Backup power projects
Earthquake and landslide projects
Hurricane and wind projects
Wildfire projects
Mitigation plans
Other projects
Other professional experience

Flood mitigation projects

Benefit-Cost Analyses and FEMA HMGP Program Support for Proposed Flood and Seismic Mitigation Projects, City of Santa Rosa, California.

BCAs and technical inputs to grant application development for projects including flood retrofit of a sewage treatment plant, upgrades to water and sewer infrastructure to increase resistance to wildfires, emergency well retrofits, and seismic upgrades to water system reservoirs. Work also included support in managing the overall County grant application process. The City recently received notification from FEMA that the Laguna Sewage Treatment Plant was approved for $12.5M in grant funding.

Benefit-Cost Analyses of Proposed FEMA Mitigation Grant Program Projects under DR-4085, New York City.
Part of a sub-consultant team currently working with the New York City Office of Management and Budget (and the Office of Emergency Management), to develop mitigation projects for FEMA’s Public Assistance and HMA mitigation programs under DR-4085 (Hurricane Sandy). Antares has been focused on benefit-cost analysis for a wide range of proposed projects from agencies across the City. Mr. Pardue has completed BCAs for more than a dozen NYC agencies, which have secured nearly $1B in FEMA grants as a result of this work. These are primarily flood related.
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Proposed Water Treatment Plant and Well Relocation in the City of Beaumont, Texas.
Complex BCA for a proposed HUD-funded relocation of the City’s Pine Street Surface Water Treatment Plant and the Loeb well facility, for the purpose of reducing flood risk, and the problems associated with periodic saltwater intrusion into the treatment system. The BCA includes direct flood damages, long-term maintenance issues related to corrosion and inadequate treatment, and residential and business losses of function.
Benefit-Cost Analysis for a Proposed Project to Implement Elevated Intersections, State Route 71, Bastrop County, Texas.
BCA for a proposal to install elevated intersections on a major state highway in southeast Texas, submitted to HUD CDBG-MT. The project involved estimates of economic benefits of improved traffic flow, avoided crashes and injuries, and avoided flooding.
Benefit-Cost Analysis for Proposed Engineers Road Pump Station Upgrade, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
BCA and multiple revisions for a proposed project to increase pumping capacity in an area of Plaquemines Parish known as Engineers Road that is flood prone, and is the site of several large businesses and a major arterial road.
Benefit-Cost Analyses in Support of FEMA Grant Applications under Hurricane Harvey, Montgomery County, Texas.
Prepared three complex BCAs for the County; two of these were for drainage improvement and flood conveyance projects, and one for a large-scale residential acquisition project.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, Drainage and Storm Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades, City of Wharton, Texas.
Technical support in preparing a BCA as part of a FEMA grant application to upgrade elements of the city’s storm sewer infrastructure, which is subject to frequent flooding from the Colorado River.
Benefit-Cost Analysis for Bridge and Channel Realignment, Big Thompson River, City of Loveland, Colorado.
BCAs in support of the City’s federal grant application(s). The work incorporates sophisticated GIS-based hydraulic modeling and depth grids to determine optimal combinations of bridge and channel configurations versus risks and project costs.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, Proposed Culvert Improvements, City of Wheeler, Oregon.
Analysis and client technical advice in developing a FEMA grant application to increase the capacity of an urban culvert.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, 18th Street Stormwater Interceptor, City of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
BCA for a FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Program grant application. The project is designed to improve urban drainage in an area that includes approximately 200 private and commercial structures in downtown Cheyenne. The analysis incorporated SWMM modeling and adapted FEMA depth-damage functions to calculate expected benefits.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, Snow Creek Culvert Replacement, Jefferson County, Washington.
Complex benefit-cost analysis for a $900,000 replacement of a failing culvert on an extremely steep grade in rural Washington State that threatens a road and a residential area.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, FMAG Drainage Project, Ferry County, Washington.
BCA of a proposed drainage improvement project to reduce overland flows across several residential properties, a railroad, and an orchard. Flood flows were greatly increased by recent wildfires in the area, necessitating culvert and drainage modifications to reduce risk.
Campus Flood Risk Assessment, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami.
Project Manager and technical lead in completing a flood risk assessment for Mt. Sinai’s main campus in Miami, Florida. The results of this work were submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an initial phase in securing USACE funds for additional study and potential improvements to a floodwall on Biscayne Bay.
Benefit-Cost Analysis and Mitigation Project Development, New York University, Langone Medical Center (HMGP).
One of two consultants working with NYU Langone Medical Center on developing a series of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project applications. Specifically, Mr. Pardue was responsible for developing procedures and expert peer review of complex benefit-cost analyses for combinations of flood mitigation projects.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Emerald Coast Utility Authority, Pensacola, Florida.
Complex benefit-cost analysis of a proposed mitigation project to relocate Pensacola’s primary wastewater treatment plant, to protect plant infrastructure from the effects of Gulf hurricanes.
Risk Assessments and Benefit-Cost Analyses, George Mason University (Virginia), Point Coupee, Lincoln and Washington Parishes, Louisiana.
Natural hazard risk assessments for three George Mason University campuses in Virginia. Benefit-cost analyses for approximately 35 proposed hazard mitigation projects in multiple Louisiana Parishes, as part of FEMA’s mitigation planning and project scoping initiative in Gulf States.

Backup power projects

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Proposed Backup Power Projects in Caguas, Arecibo and San Juan.
BCAs for numerous backup power projects for diocesan and schools facilities in the indicated jurisdictions. The projects included both generators (for churches), and combinations of generators and multi-element power generation designs for schools that included generators, solar panels, and facility retrofits to harden them against wind hazards.
Benefit-Cost Analysis, Pump Station Generator, City of Everett, Washington.
Benefit-cost analysis for a proposed generator project to reduce the effects of wind-related power losses for approximately 100,000 customers in this major Washington City.
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Proposed Backup Generators for Public Water System, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Benefit-cost analysis of proposals for four generators intended to power water and wastewater pumping stations in a suburban Maryland County.

Earthquake and landslide projects

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Proposed Projects to Retrofit Potable Water Pipelines, Clackamas River Water, Clackamas, Oregon.

Benefit-cost analysis for proposed projects to retrofit critical potable water supply infrastructure that is at risk of failing during earthquakes, incorporating USGS seismicity information and seismic fragility functions.


Benefit-Cost Analyses of Water System Seismic Retrofits, City of Gresham, Oregon

BCAs for four water systems elements, including two critical non-ductile pipe segments, a major reservoir, and a pump station, for use in preparing FEMA grant applications for the BRIC program or the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Benefit-Cost Analysis and HMGP Grant Application Support, City of Gresham, Oregon, Water System Seismic Upgrades.

Technical support via subcontract supporting the city’s HMGP grant application for seismic retrofits of critical elements in the jurisdiction’s water system, including a large reservoir tank and an essential pipeline.

Benefit-Cost Analysis, Proposed Retrofit of Water System Infrastructure, Seal Rock Water District, Oregon.

Complex BCA for a project to replace water transmission lines and a water treatment plant that are subject to failure from seismic activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Hurricane and wind projects

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Electric Distribution Line Segment Undergrounding, Coos-Curry Electric Co-Operative, Port Orford, Oregon.
Four analyses in support of CCEC’s FEMA HMGP application to underground four stretches of power distribution wire to critical communications facilities on the Oregon coast, as wind and ice mitigation.
Mitigation Project Development and HMGP Project Application for Hurricane Wind Retrofits, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami, Florida.

BCAs for four hurricane wind mitigation projects on the Miami campus of Mt. Sinai Medical Center. The projects are primarily intended to mitigate the effects of hurricane wind on critical infrastructure, including a utility bridge that carries chill water, medical gases and electricity from supply nodes to various buildings on the medical campus.

Hurricane Wind Retrofit Mitigation Project Application, University of Miami Hospital.

Development of an approximately $1.2M FEMA grant application on behalf of the University of Miami Hospital. The project involved working with hospital representatives to complete a feasibility assessment, developing all technical materials for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM) application, and completing a complex benefit-cost analysis of the proposed project.

Benefit-Cost Analysis in Support of Elevation and Public Facility Wind Retrofit Grant Applications, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Developed methodology and completed numerous benefit-cost analyses for mitigation projects in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. These projects included wind retrofits of several Parish critical facilities and hundreds of residential elevations.

Wildfire projects

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Wildfire Hazardous Fuels Reduction, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Ashland Oregon.

BCA for a project to remove hazardous fuels on approximately 400 acres in a semi-rural area of southern Oregon.


Benefit-Cost Analyses and Project Application Technical Support for Wildfire, Flood and Landslide Mitigation Projects, Chelan County, Washington.

Technical support to Chelan County in developing BCAs as part of multiple FEMA mitigation program grant applications. Projects include several minor flood mitigation proposals, a large-scale landslide mitigation project, and a proposed grant to reduce the effects of wildfires on the perimeter of the City of Wenatchee.

Benefit-Cost Analysis, FMAG Wildfire Mitigation Benefit-Cost Analysis, Klickitat County, Washington.

BCA of a proposed combined vegetation management and ignition-resistant materials project in rural Washington State.

Mitigation plans

Risk Assessment, City of New Orleans 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan update.

Detailed natural hazard risk assessment for the City of New Orleans. The work involved integrating numerous technical studies by a range of agencies and organizations (including the USACE and RMS, among many others), as well as developing loss projections for the City using depth grids and the results of the USACE’s extensive IPET study.

Hazard Mitigation Plan, Harris County, Texas Flood Control District.

FEMA-compliant hazard mitigation plan for the Harris County agency that has primary responsibility for this large, densely populated and flood prone area in southeast Texas. The plan incorporated the District’s many watersheds and watershed plans, and included detailed risk assessments based on existing studies and NFIP flood insurance claims histories. The plan was approved by FEMA Region VI.

Hazard Mitigation Plans and Plan Updates.

Mr. Pardue has been involved in dozens of hazard mitigation plans and plan updates, including: the State of New Jersey; the State of Alabama; the City of Trenton, New Jersey; the City of Austin, Texas; Harris County Flood Control District (Houston, Texas); Orange County Drainage District; Brazoria County, Texas; Howard County, Maryland; Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Union County, New Jersey; St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (Houston); Baylor University Hospital (Houston); the Texas Medical Center (Houston); the Texas Medical Center (Houston); Choctaw County, Alabama; the City of New Orleans; the City of Mandeville, Louisiana; the City of Slidell, Louisiana; Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; the City of Harahan, Louisiana; Emerald People’s Utility District and many others across various FEMA regions.

Other projects

Benefit-Cost Analysis for Proposed City of Sisters, Oregon USDOT RAISE grant application.

BCA for a proposed project to realign a hazardous intersection in the City, incorporating improvements in traffic safety and the economic costs of system delays related to partially controlled intersections.


Benefit-Cost Analysis for a Proposed Sewer Line Undergrounding, City of Sisters, Oregon.

BCA for a proposed project to relocate underground a main sewer line located under a bridge over Jackson Creek, in Sisters. The line is subject to extreme impacts from debris flows and ice uplift.

Benefit-Cost Analyses and FEMA HMGP Program Support for Proposed Debris Basin Modifications, County of Santa Barbara, California.

BCAs and technical inputs to grant application development for projects including outfall upgrades to the Romero, Cold Springs and San Ysidro debris basins in Montecito, and a rockslide screening mitigation project. Work also included support in managing the overall County grant application process.

Benefit-Cost Analysis and HMGP Grant Application Support, Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) Proposed Raw Water Flume Replacement.

Technical support to the TUD in preparing a grant application and benefit-cost analysis for a proposed $73M replacement of a wood trestle raw water flume that is at high wildfire risk due to its age, geographic location and surrounding topography.

Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment, Washington, DC Metropolitan Council of Governments.

Beginning in early 2012, technical lead for an assessment of threats and risks to the Washington, DC metro area.  The project was intended partly to satisfy DHS requirements related to THIRA (Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment) guidance issued in publication CPG-201. 

Public Health System Natural Hazard Risk Assessment, Howard County, Maryland.

Complex natural hazard risk assessment for the public health system in Howard County, Maryland, using a prototype methodology developed by Drexel University. The purpose of the work was to identify and prioritize the most significant natural hazard risks to health system operations and facilities, with the goal of informing the County’s program planning and securing ongoing federal funding.

Analysis of Risk Implications for Base Realignment and Closure Funding Reduction in the Baltimore-Washington UASI District.

Detailed study and report on the expected changes in natural and human-caused risks that could result from Urban Area Security Initiative budget cuts in the Baltimore-Washington District.

Analysis of State Hazard Mitigation Plans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources.

Detailed analysis of 50 State hazard mitigation plans and interviews with more than 100 State Hazard Mitigation Officers and State NFIP Coordinators, for the purpose of developing a response to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality requirements for determining best flood hazard practices nationwide.

Benefit-Cost Analysis and Program Support for State of Mississippi Global Match Initiative.

From 2007 to 2009, part of a team that has worked with the Mississippi Department of Finance Administration to identify and develop applications for projects to the State to qualify for global match funding for hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding. The work focused on benefit-cost analysis of complex reconstruction projects, including four casinos, water systems and electrical systems elevations at a national defense contractor site.

Other professional experience

  • Technical lead, benefit-cost analysis of drainage improvement project, El Campo, Texas
  • Technical lead, benefit-cost analysis, St. Elizabeth’s Calder urban drainage project, Beaumont, Texas
  • Technical lead, benefit-cost analysis of beach restoration project, McFaddin NWR, Texas
  • Technical lead, benefit-cost analysis, Alligator Bayou mitigation application
  • Technical lead, benefit-cost analyses of wind retrofit projects, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
  • Lead planner, City of Tulsa, OK manmade and technical hazard mitigation plan
  • Project manager, Texas Medical Center vulnerability assessment
  • Technical lead, Jefferson County Drainage District 6 floodgate mitigation project
  • Lead Planner, Jefferson County, Texas, Waterway and Navigation District, mitigation plan
  • Technical lead, development of FEMA PDM-C BC analysis assessment protocols
  • Project manager/technical lead, New Castle County, DE project benefit-cost analysis
  • Project manager, FEMA National BC/Risk Assessment Workshop
  • Project Manager, FEMA PART (program assessment rating tool/OMB) analysis
  • Project manager, development of methodology for landslide BCA
  • Project manager, post-event benefit-cost analyses, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
  • Project manager, manmade and technical vulnerability assessment, Texas Medical Center
  • Project manager, cost-effectiveness evaluation of FEMA BCA exempt projects
  • Project manager COOP Alternative Site Assessment software/protocol [FEMA ONSC]
  • Project Manager, BC Analysis Basic and Advanced Courses, SME, technical lead, trainer
  • Project Manager, Residential Substantial Damage Estimation, T.S. Allison, Houston
  • Project manager and protocol developer, FEMA BCA helpline
  • Project Manager, natural hazard risk assessment, States of Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Project Manager, RAM-W vulnerability assessment, Puerto Rico Water and Sewer Authority
  • Project Manager, Benefit-cost analyses in support of HMGP applications, TMC, Houston, Texas
  • National Project Manager (URS), FEMA repetitive loss initiative 2004 – 2005
  • Technical support lead, FEMA National Repetitive Loss Data Collection initiative/software
  • Project Manager, study of cost effectiveness, FEMA Project Impact Seattle, seismic projects
  • Co-project manager, FEMA Hurricane Floyd (North Carolina) post-event data verification
  • Project Manager, technical assessment of alternative simplified BC methodologies, FEMA
  • Project Manager, alternative BCA methodologies, DR-1391 (WTC) HMGP
  • Project Manager, technical analysis/risk assessment, HMGP projects DRs 1044 and 1046, CA
  • Development Manager, Westport and Ft. Washington communities, Baltimore, MD
  • Director of field operations, NIJ study on physical deterioration and crime in Baltimore, MD

Benefit-Cost Analysis and Programmatic Reviews

Benefit-Cost Analysis Review and Direct Technical Support to Subapplicants for FEMA BRIC, HMGP, and FMA Programs, State of Washington Emergency Management Division.

Starting in fall 2020, Antares is supporting the State of Washington in providing a wide range of technical support to the State, in evaluating BCAs, working directly with potential subapplicants on developing BCAs, and evaluating and prioritizing BCAs and other program materials, as the State makes programmatic, process and funding decisions for multiple disaster mitigation funding and annual program opportunities.


Standby FEMA Program Technical Support Services, City of Seattle, Washington.

Ongoing technical support to the City of Seattle in evaluating potential FEMA mitigation projects based on program criteria, with an emphasis on benefit-cost analysis.

Benefit-Cost Analysis Technical Reviews and Training, California Office of Emergency Services, Mather, California.
Technical reviews and quality control for more than 150 BCAs related to FEMA HMGP, FMA and BRIC grant applications from numerous jurisdictions in the State. These have so far totaled about $300M in grant applications. The projects include flood, seismic and wildfire mitigation proposals, and numerous generators. Provided advice to CalOES on technical matters related to BCAs and FEMA mitigation grant programs.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Technical Support, State of Colorado.
Technical assistance to the State of Colorado (under subcontract) in developing FEMA mitigation grant applications for local jurisdictions across the state. The work has focused on property acquisitions and backup power, and included developing and organizing all aspects of FEMA program applications, including surveys, voluntary participation agreements, risk assessment and benefit-cost analysis, program eligibility determinations, and development of technical specifications, among others.