The warehouse building was built in order to store supplies and equipment for the Hopper Dredge Wheeler. The Dredge Wheeler is operated by the New Orleans District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is the largest hopper dredge in the Corps of Engineers. The Wheeler keeps waterway channels clear from Key West, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas. Although the dredge is maintained in a state of readiness for worldwide operations, it spends the majority of its time operating in the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River, dealing with shoaling problems that occur during high and low water.
The project included the construction of the new 9,600 SF Pre-Engineered metal warehouse building. The ground-up build included site preparations (clear and grubbing), steel H-pile, monolithic concrete foundation, pre-engineered metal building, fire protection (diesel fire pump), fire alarm, partial interior buildout, electrical, mechanical, and asphaltic pavement. All work took place within the USACE New Orleans District Facility and within 100’ of the Mississippi River.
APC partnered with USACE to troubleshoot their fire loop water pressure issues and developed a solution to minimize additional cost impacts. APC also worked with USACE to overcome schedule delays due to high river moratoriums.