C&C Empty Container Yard at Bayport Terminal

Category
Port & Intermodal
About This Project

Project Name

C&C Empty Container Yard at Bayport Terminal

Owner

Integrated Industries Corporation / Port Houston

Designer

Nigel Nixon and Partners, Inc. – Jacobs Engineering

Paving Contractor

A.G. Peltz Group, LLC.

Paving Machine

ABG Titan 8820 / Vogele 3000

Mixing Plant

Rapid 600C Continuous Mixing Plant

General Contractor

Milord Company

Completion Date

October 01, 2022

Project Details:

Integrated Industries Corporation is a full-service supplier of intermodal services, including container/chassis maintenance and repair, storage, and depot services. They had been operating an empty container chassis yard at the Barbours Cut facility, with congested access and severe storage limitations. Integrated Industries Corporation worked with Port Houston to identify a location within Port property that could alleviate these bottlenecks and provide a win-win solution. The result was C&C Houston Bayport LLC (C&C), a joint venture between Medlog and Integrated Industries Corporation to develop a 21.5-acre empty container and chassis yard on a site to the South of the Bayport Terminal on leased land from Port Houston. The site is accessed by a heavy haul road that connects Freight Station Road and Port Road.

C&C employed the services of Nigel Nixon & Partners, Inc. (NNPI) to assist in procuring contracts using a design-build process for the new facility. The empty yard comprised pavement, earthworks, drainage, utilities, minimal lighting, fencing, gates, and gatehouses. Roller Compacted Concrete was selected based on the best value of four different pavement sections, including ERCP and HMA options. Keith Abraham, Project Director for NNPI, stated, “We elected to use RCC for the speed, cost efficiency, and surface finish.” The prime contractor, Milord Company, contracted with A.G. Peltz Group to place 102,061 SY of 12.5” RCC.

There were several required blockouts in the paving lanes (e.g., drainage structures, communication manholes, and fire hydrants). NNPI provided a “blockout” detail which instructed A.G. Peltz Group to follow its typical procedure for addressing pavement lane obstacles (i.e., cover with a steel plate, isolate with expansion material, and place PCC concrete back). Concerned about corner cracking, NNPI added a new step instructing A.G. Peltz Group to cut a 6” diameter core at the four-corner points of the structure before sawing operations commenced.  These cores, aka “Mickey Mouse” ears were designed to alleviate cracking from the corner propagating into the pavement.

NNPI and Jacobs Engineering had also designed the gate entry/exit area to be JRCP instead of RCC due to its shape and steep grade. The entry gate area intersected the adjacent gravel haul road at a 60-degree angle, forming triangular-shaped concrete sections in this area and making paving with RCC challenging. A.G. Peltz Group evaluated the area’s grades and shape and concluded that over 85% of the JRCP-designated areas could feasibly be placed with RCC. A.G. Peltz Group successfully submitted a design substitute that reduced the paving time and cost of substituting the JRCP pavement. The JRCP was doweled back into the RCC to ensure proper load transfer.

This project is the recipient of the Gold Award at the American Concrete Pavement Associations Annual Excellence in Concrete Paving Awards Banquet.