17 HDR Projects Receive National Recognition
ACEC Honors HDR at Annual Ceremony
The American Council of Engineering Companies has recognized 17 HDR projects with national awards. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines and regions across the United States.
HDR’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal received a Grand Award and is in the running for the Grand Conceptor, the organization’s highest achievement, at the ceremony of ACEC’s 56th Engineering Excellence Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. A panel of nearly 30 judges selected the year’s most outstanding engineering accomplishments from nearly 179 entries, in what’s known as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry.
The $1 billion, 135-acre Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal Phase 1 is the nation’s first greenfield container terminal opened in the last decade. It features a 1,400-foot berth; a 47-acre, 700,000-TEU container yard; 5 rail-mounted ship-to-shore gantry cranes, 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes, refrigerated container racks, a new terminal operating system, and advanced gate technologies. Designed for expansion, at full build-out the development will double the South Carolina Port’s capacity with a 286-acre, 3-berth, 2.4 million-TEU terminal.
The new terminal eases supply chain congestion throughout the southeast United States. It is a critical hub for the South Carolina Ports Authority, which contributes more than 225,000 jobs and $63 billion in annual economic impact. The project was broken into five discipline-based contracts and streamlined with value engineering, which saved $39 million and allowed local firms to complete the project. The terminal’s five electric ship-to-shore cranes and 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes reduce emissions while efficiently moving cargo. At the same time, Drum Island was restored into a natural oasis with more than 100,000 native plants.
Twenty years in the making, the team overcame significant challenges during construction, including up to 70 feet of unsuitable mud, an aggressive schedule, budget constraints, the global COVID pandemic, and potential exposure to World War 2-era bombs from the former Navy base. The new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal is a feat of engineering and will keep South Carolina globally competitive for decades to come.
- Billings Nutrient Upgrade, Expansion and Improvements, Billings, Montana
- I-579 Urban Open Space Cap, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
National Recognition Awards
- Columbus Recharge Project, Columbus, Nebraska
- Council Bluffs Water Works Council Point Water Treatment Plant, Council Bluffs, Iowa
- DMU Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements, Denison, Iowa
- Eppley Airfield Terminal Drive, Omaha, Nebraska
- Howell Transmission Main, Howell Township, New Jersey
- Interstate 4 Ultimate Improvement Project, Orlando metro area, Florida
- Kew Gardens Interchange Infrastructure and Operational Improvements, New York, New York
- Kiewit Corporation Global Headquarters, Omaha, Nebraska
- Lincoln North Wellfield Flood Restoration and Hazard Mitigation, Ashland, Nebraska
- Lowcountry Rapid Transit Project Planning and Development, Charleston and North Charleston, South Carolina
- Narlon Bridge Replacement, Santa Barbara County, California
- U.S. 20 Swiss Valley Interchange, Dubuque, Iowa
- U.S. 95 Granite North & Frontage Roads, Bonner County, Idaho
- Umtanum Suspension Bridge Rehabilitation, Kittitas County, Washington
For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 11,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.