Houston Ship Channel Project Moves Forward
Port Houston in Texas, US has selected a lead engineer and designer for part of its project to widen and deepen the Houston ship channel for the next generation in safety, efficiency and larger ships.
HDR has signed a contract with the port covering engineering, design, project coordination and other consultation services for two of six segments in the port’s channel improvement initiative.
“This project is important to the people of Houston and to the local economy,” said HDR’s ports & maritime director, Jeff Massengill. “We are thrilled to be able to help fulfill Port Houston’s vision.”
Project manager Neil McLellan and project director Dave Weston are leading a team of over 35 HDR professionals.
Need for speed
HDR will provide construction documents, environmental coordination, cultural resources, public outreach and industry coordination on an expedited schedule. There is strong demand from local industry to finish the project quickly, said HDR. As a result, it is working with Port Houston to try to finish work by 2024, years earlier than a typical federal schedule for such projects.
This is the fifth port that HDR have assisted in channel widening projects since the Panama Canal expansion. The others are Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Freeport and Sabine-Neches.
Port Houston has also awarded a professional services contract to HDR for the programming (sizing), design, and construction support for a new maintenance facility at the Barbours Cut Terminal.
The new facility is expected to improve maintenance efficiency and productivity by centralising maintenance activities, adding additional spare parts storage, and expanding outside work areas.