The Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) announced in June that the 2015 Project Excellence Award in the Large Project Category was awarded to GRI and KPFF Consulting Engineers for the Port of Newport International Terminal Renovation. GRI Principal, Scott Schlechter accepted the award at the ASCE ceremony held in Boston, Massachusetts earlier this month. This project also received the ACEC-Oregon 2014 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence in the Transportation-Marine/Ports Category.
The Port of Newport International Terminal is located in Yaquina Bay on the Pacific Coast in Newport, Oregon, and serves the fishing and timber industries of the Northwest. Due to major deterioration of the WWII concrete hull ships that were sunk to create the berths, significant portions of the Ports facility were shut down. Goals for this project were to develop a design to renovate the facility that could be implemented in phases as funding was available and to create a terminal that would once again serve the large fishing and timber industry in the area. It was also necessary to remediate ongoing contamination issues that developed as the most unstable ship continued to break apart and leak fuel-based contaminants into the bay.
Success of the project has allowed the Port of Newport to fulfill its mission to build and maintain waterfront facilities and promote/support projects and programs in cooperation with other community organizations and businesses that will retain and create new jobs and increase community economic development.
GRI has been involved with this project since 2000. We worked closely with the owner, design team, and CM/GC contractor to select the design and construction alternative that best met the challenging geotechnical, structural, environmental, and financial constraints of the project. The project was successfully completed in November 2013.
GRI is honored to have been a part of such a challenging but rewarding project, and we strive to continue to deliver the same degree of excellence to every project.