The primary purpose of the project is to allow the wharves at the Barbours Cut Terminal to accommodate larger ship-to-shore cranes.
The design contract value isUS$4.9m. Jacobs' scope includes developing construction documents for the upgrade of approximately 815m of the wharves. In addition to structural improvements to the wharves, other elements include new fenders, crane infrastructure, two support buildings and lighting.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to continue our working relationship with The Port of Houston Authority,” said Jacobs Group vice president Kevin McMahon. “We look forward to assisting them in creating additional capacity at Barbours Cut. The recent announcement of the new all-water service from Shanghai to Barbours Cut – with Houston being the only US port of call - shows how important The Port of Houston is to both the city and the nation, and just how important it is to upgrade the terminal."
Construction of the project is expected to be complete by fall 2014.