Beginning in 2000, the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) undertook a large-scale renovation of the South Terminal at Norfolk International Terminals. The project included the replacement of 4,230 linear feet of wharf with a state-of-the-art wharf designed for containerized cargo operations. In addition, 150 acres of backlands was renovated to facilitate straddle carrier operations. An under-wharf stormwater detention basin was incorporated into the project - an innovative design element not often found in U.S. ports. The project was completed in phases without impacting ship or yard operations. Community and environmental concerns were collaboratively addressed.
The project was completed in 2005 and within budget. The project anticipates growth - larger ships are likely in the future and the project provides the ability to deepen the berths an additional 10 feet without additional wharf modification. A great example of how sound planning and engineering can turn aging infrastructure into an upgraded and valuable port asset.
This project involved the construction of a vehicular overpass and 3.2 miles of rail track connecting the Port's marine terminal and industrial complex to Union Pacific and BNSF main lines. The committee considered this submission to be innovative, economic in both its labor and construction and significant in its impact on its port community.