Port of Wilmington

Corrado American provided general contracting and construction services for the first phase of the yard densification project at the Port of Wilmington located in Wilmington, Delaware. The project consisted of constructing fourteen multi-level reefer racks, expansion of the dry container storage area and infrastructure up-grades to support new gantry cranes and reefer rack system. The project also included busbar assembly and installation – the first of its kind installed in the United States.

Corrado American worked closely with the design team, busbar manufacturer, and owner to provide value engineering and design modifications to bring the project in under budget.

  • Over 3 miles of electrical and communication duct bank
  • Over 4,000 linear feet of concrete runway and busbar foundation
  • Over 5 acres of milling and paving rehabilitation
  • 3 cast in place concrete elevated electrical substations and switchgear platforms
  • 32 helical pile foundations

Key Challenges

High water table/tides. The project site is located on recent marine deposits, resulting in soft ground conditions and a high water table that fluctuates with the tides. State of the art excavation support, dewatering methods and careful planning were used during foundation and utility installation.

Operational port. Corrado American phased the construction so as not to disrupt everyday operations.

Potential environmental hazards in the ground. Corrado American provided environmental oversight and followed the CMMP guidelines closely during excavation and dewatering operations.

Global pandemic. Starting and finishing work during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Field conflicts. Corrado American worked closely with the design team to provide design alternatives and solutions to address field conflicts discovered during the project.

Project:Port of Wilmington

Client:Gulftainer USA

Design Professional:Jacobs

Location:Wilmington, DE

Job Size:$20+ Million