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Port of Houston Bayport Terminal Complex Phase I Wharf


Houston, Texas


“McCarthy is a construction company in a class all their own. They have been instrumental in our billion-dollar construction program at the Bayport marine terminal.”
—Jim McQueen, P.E., chief construction manager, Port of Houston Authority


Construction is underway on the 1,332-foot Phase I Wharf extension of the Port of Houston’s Bayport Terminal.

This project, valued at over $100 million, will allow for substantial increases in containerized cargo traffic at the terminal, providing capacity to accommodate two additional standard size freighters and one new class E super freighter, which is more than double the size of most cargo ships. The concrete wharf extension will utilize more than 30,000 cubic yards of concrete and sit on a foundation of over 900 cased piers, including rail track to support three mobile gantry cranes. After 16 years of working with the Port of Houston Authority, and completing more than $130 million in construction projects, McCarthy’s team is well prepared to overcome the challenge of performing two-thirds of the foundation work for the wharf extension from cranes positioned on barges. The project broke ground in September 2008 and is scheduled for completion in June 2010. Engineer: Dannenbaum Engineering, Houston, Texas.