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.

Grand Award

HDR’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal received a Grand Award at the June 13 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.

Honor Awards

National Recognition Awards

About HDR 
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.