The APM Container Terminal at Choctaw Point is the $300 Million centerpiece of the Alabama State Port Authority’s (ASPA) strategic plan for the Port of Mobile. ASPA selected Volkert to provide key civil engineering services for this complex and vital project.
Volkert provided environmental, civil site design, survey, structural design, and construction engineering and inspection services for 120 acres on Choctaw Point, including seventy acres of uplands that required decontamination and approximately fifty acres of land reclamation as well as plans for dredging the Mobile River Channel, utility coordination, drainage, and site stabilization. Survey services included construction staking, topographic, geotechnical support, and property mapping.
The new terminal greatly expands the cargo capacity of the port and provides hundreds of permanent jobs. Challenges included the decontamination of former industrial areas, mitigation of environmental impacts, and the use of dredged material as fill for reclaimed areas. Volkert’s designs for dredging, backfilling, reclamation, grading, and drainage helped usher the project to completion. The completed terminal has generated over three hundred permanent jobs, a substantial increase in cargo traffic, and substantial new tax revenue.
Scope of Work: Civil Engineering, Site Design, Structural Design, Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI), Survey Services, Dredge Design, Land Reclamation Design, Drainage Design, Geotechnical Support, Environmental Documentation
In 2012, the terminal was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and has received a number of industry awards:
ENGINEERING PROJECT OF THE YEAR – 2010
Mobile Area Council of Engineers
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD FOR MITIGATION – 2009
American Association of Port Authorities
ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD – Environmental Impact Statement – 2006
Alabama Chapter Merit Award – American Council of Engineering Companies
NATIONAL FINALIST AWARD – Environmental Impact Statement – 2006
American Council of Engineering Companies
LARGE COMPANY PEP MEMBER AWARD ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE – 2006
Partners for Environmental Progress