Corpus Christi to Build La Quinta Terminal


Decision follows Corps construction contract for channel extension.

Port Corpus Christi decided to proceed with the design of a multi-purpose dock and terminal project to be constructed on the port’s 1,000-acre site at La Quinta.

The port announced Friday that it is moving ahead with the multi-purpose terminal rather than its long-planned single-purpose container terminal in the wake of the award on Dec. 23 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the first construction contract associated with the long anticipated construction of the La Quinta Channel Extension project that will provide access to the site.

The port awarded design contracts for the dock and terminal in December to engineering teams led by Goldston Engineering, a CH2M Hill Company, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam.

The multi-purpose dock and terminal facility will be designed to handle a wide variety of general cargo including containers, military cargo, wind turbines, steel pipe, and more. Completion of preliminary engineering for full build out and final design for the initial 800- to 1,000-foot dock will provide the necessary information to define costs and determine completion schedules. The goal is to complete the design and be ready to solicit bids for first phase of construction by the end of 2010.

The design contract was awarded after the Army Corps awarded the first construction contract for the channel extension on Dec. 23 to RLB Contracting of Port Lavaca, Tex. for $1,123,400 to construct a 126-acre dredge material placement area on Port of Corpus Christi property in San Patricio County.

The contract award is for the first of several construction projects required to complete the $75 million plan to construct the La Quinta Channel Extension.

The placement area, to be constructed with 12-foot- high earthen levees, will be used in future construction contracts to contain sands and clays excavated to create the 7,400 foot long and 40 foot deep La Quinta channel extension. After the channel is constructed and placement area no longer needed, the area will be reshaped and vegetated with a diverse mix of native plants and trees.

In October 2009, the PCCA executed a Project Partnership Agreement with the Corps for the extension of the La Quinta Channel and an Ecosystem Restoration feature of the Port’s Channel Improvement Project which was authorized by Congress in 2007.

Source: The Journal of Commerce