Port Botany Expansion
Client: Sydney Ports Corporation
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Owner’s Representative
The Port Botany Expansion project involves a major expansion of container facilities to meet a projected increase in container traffic at the port as Sydney’s trade continues to grow. The expansion - which includes a 1.1-mile (1.8-kilometer) wharf, five berths, 150 acres (60 hectares) of reclaimed land, expanded road access, and other elements - is one of the largest port projects in Australia.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is serving as project verifier under an agreement with the owner, Sydney Ports Corporation, and the design and construction consortium that is developing the expanded facilities. Although the consortium is responsible for its own quality control and systems, Parsons Brinckerhoff was engaged by the owner to make certain that the work meets technical, functional, environmental, and durability requirements. Parsons Brinckerhoff therefore acts independently to verify that the work is carried out according to the owner’s requirements.
The physical components of the project are of extraordinary scale. They include precast concrete counterfort units that are 72 feet (22 meters) high and weigh 650 tons. The counterfort units have a base, wall, and buttress to form a composite section. More than 200 make up the outer retaining wall of the new container terminal and provide a vertical wharf face for ships to berth against.
The project was completed in 2011.