Press Release: 06.24.2013

Barbours Cut Wharf Rehabilitation Project to Accommodate Post Panamax Container Vessels

McCarthy was recently awarded the contract for the $35.6 million rehabilitation of Wharf 1 at the Port of Houston Authority’s Barbours Cut Terminal located in Morgan’s Point, Texas. Barbours Cut is considered to be one of the premium container handling facilities in the country. 

The project includes the rehabilitation of Wharf 1, which is a 1,333 lineal foot structure used for the receipt and shipment of containerized freight intended for both foreign and domestic trade. The upgrade was proposed by the Port of Houston Authority to allow for the purchase and placement of larger gantry cranes for ship unloading necessary to accommodate Post Panamax container vessels after completion of the New Panamax expansion by the Panama Canal Authority.

“This project is something McCarthy is proud to construct, adding it to our growing list of successful Port projects,” said Kurt Knebel, McCarthy vice president of civil operations. "We have a strong working relationship with the Port, and we look forward to building one of the most efficient and modern freight terminals in the country.”

Knebel continued, “We are working closely with the Port as security is always an utmost priority and our work on this project is no exception.”

As part of the rehabilitation, McCarthy plans to demolish portions of the existing structure and construct new cast-in-place concrete crane beams, supported by drilled shafts. Additionally, McCarthy will upgrade the facilities’ utilities, including potable water and electrical services, in addition to constructing a new Stevedore building.   

The project is scheduled to begin in May 2013 and complete in the summer of 2014.

About McCarthy
Celebrating 34 years of building in Texas, McCarthy is the nation’s eighth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2013) and a leading marine builder. An employee-owned company, McCarthy performs general contractor, construction management and design/build services for the following project types: port/marine, water/wastewater, federal, healthcare, educational, entertainment, parking structures, office buildings, bridges and highways, laboratory, biotechnology, retail, microelectronic, industrial facilities, tenant interiors and mixed-use project construction. In addition to Houston, McCarthy has offices in Dallas; Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego and Newport Beach, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Albuquerque; St. Louis; Kansas City; Collinsville Ill. and Atlanta. For more information please follow us on Facebook or Twitter. 

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