Taking the next step in the development of the La Quinta Trade Gateway project, the port commission has approved a Professional Services Agreement for engineering designs with Goldston Engineering, a CH2M HILL company. The multipurpose facility will be designed to handle a wide variety of general cargo including containers, military, wind turbines, steel pipe, and more. Completion of preliminary engineering for full buildout and final design for the initial 800’ to 1000’ dock will provide the necessary information to define costs and determine completion schedules. The goal is to complete the design and be ready to solicit bids for construction of the first dock by the end of 2010. “This is one more step towards realizing one of the most important port diversification projects,” according to John LaRue, executive director. “Goldston Engineering is no stranger to the port. They have worked on many projects with us over the years, and we look forward to working with them again.”
GE/CH2M HILL will design the waterside portion of the La Quinta project, which includes the dock and the slip in the channel. The agreement provides for preliminary engineering for the projected full buildout of the docking facilities (three berths) and the final design of the first dock (one berth) and slip. For 59 years, Goldston Engineering was a Corpus Christi based multi-disciplined engineering firm specializing in ports engineering providing planning, design, construction documents, cost estimating, environmental compliance, and construction management services for marine terminals, municipal utilities, transportation, and coastal projects, regionally and abroad. The company has successfully completed many projects for the Port Corpus Christi and has been involved in various studies for the La Quinta project. The company was acquired by CH2M HILL in 2008. The primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is one of the 10 largest ports in the United States in total tonnage.