Press Release: 09.27.2016

McCarthy Working on Three Projects for Port of Houston Authority

Aerial image of Port of Houston Authority

McCarthy is constructing three major projects for the Port of Houston Authority (PHA), which will expand and modernize the facility. The projects include Bayport Wharf 2, Container Yard One and East End at Barbours Cut Terminal, and Barbours Cut Wharf 2 rehabilitation project. This brings McCarthy’s current work with the PHA to approximately $121.6 million in construction costs. The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of 150-plus private and public industrial terminals along the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel and is consistently ranked first in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage.

McCarthy broke ground on $35 million Bayport Wharf 2 on August 1. Bayport Wharf 2 will include 670 linear feet of new wharf for a container offloading facility that includes structural concrete, an elastomeric fender system, new utilities, electrical service, concrete pavement, crane rail system, electrical power trench and cable horns.  Bayport Wharf 2 is scheduled for completion December 2017. Wharf 2 is a continuation of McCarthy’s previous work on Bayport Wharf 3 which was completed in 2010.

The PHA also awarded McCarthy the $46.9 million Container Yard One and East End reconstruction at Barbours Cut Terminal which McCarthy began constructing in July of this year. The project consists of reconstruction of 40+ acres of container yard space – 10 acres in Container Yard 1, and 30 acres in the area referred to as the “East End.”  McCarthy is demolishing a 100,000-square-foot metal building located inside the current 30-acre East End yard which serves as a storage area for miscellaneous cargo. McCarthy is also demolishing existing pavement in the area and replacing it with concrete pavement for container storage.  The majority of the project consists of roller compacted concrete, along with a substantial amount of joint reinforced concrete paving which McCarthy will self-perform. McCarthy will also self-perform all of the site grading, soil stabilization, aggregate base and cast in place trench drain. This project will also include new underground electrical service, water lines, drainage, and high mast lighting and is expected to complete in August 2018.

The $38.8 million Barbours Cut Phase 2 Wharf project began construction in January 2016 and will upgrade Wharf 2 to support larger cranes that can accommodate post-Panamax vessels. It consists of upgrading 1,000 linear feet of wharf, installing new foundations and crane rails, and constructing a new stevedore support building, high mast poles and the electrical infrastructure that are required for three new 100-foot gauge electric dock cranes. The upgrade of Barbours Cut Phase 2 completion is scheduled for July 2017.

“McCarthy is proud of our long-standing partnership with the Port of Houston Authority - one of the premier ports in the country,” said McCarthy’s Senior Vice President of Civil Operations, Kurt Knebel. “Since 1991, the Port of Houston has relied on McCarthy’s ability to construct complex marine projects on schedule. We look forward to once again delivering these three important modernization projects on time and on budget.”

McCarthy has worked at various ports along the Gulf Coast for more than 25 years and is the nation’s eighth largest port and marine builder ranked by Engineering News Record.

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in Houston, Dallas; St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

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