Silver Award – Container Yard 1 and East End of Barbours Cut Terminal, Houston, Texas

Contractor: A.G. Peltz Group LLC*

Owner: Port of Houston Authority          

Engineer: RPS Group

A.G. Peltz Group placed 69,000 CY of 18 in. roller compacted concrete and mixed 40,000 yards of conventional concrete for the reconstruction of Container Yard 1 and the East End at Barbours Cut Terminal at Port Houston.

Although Port Houston has over 300 acres of mostly 18 in. RCC in service at their adjacent Bayport Container Terminal, this project was the first time RCC was placed at Barbours Cut.  RCC was also used at a live terminal inside the security gates at Port Houston.

The Barbours Cut terminal is in the midst of a modernization program to increase cargo handling capacity from 1.2 Million transportation equivalent units (TEUs) to 2 Million TEUs annually.  Part of this program includes rebuilding and reconfiguring several of the existing marshalling yards without shutting down terminal operations. With its fast construction and ability to handle heavy repeated loading, RCC offered the appropriate pavement solution for the majority of areas within the facility. However, due primarily to existing obstacles, there were also several areas within Barbours Cut Terminal where conventional concrete was the appropriate fit. With a single plant capable of mixing both RCC and conventional concrete, A.G. Peltz was able to mix over 109,000 CY of concrete for this high profile project.

Handling traffic on this project was a significant challenge. All material had to be delivered by drivers, who had a Transportation Worker Identification Credential card or be escorted on-site by the prime contractor. Because the terminal was live and active, paving operations had to remain flexible to accommodate container movement. The contractor’s team worked with port personnel to develop a revised traffic flow to allow the third phase to begin prior to the end of phase 2. This resulted in several paving plan adjustments as containers were moved from ship to stacking areas and as containers were loaded onto trucks from the stacking areas. The revised plan not only reduced the total project length, but also allowed several newly paved areas to be open to traffic as soon as design strengths were realized.

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* ACPA member.