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AN EPC'S PORT PROJECT EXPERIENCE
Fitz O'Donnell is project director for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.,
an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company. McCarthy
started performing work for the Port of Houston about 25 years ago and has
completed more than a dozen projects. It currently has three ongoing port
projects: a $39-million dock rehabilitation and $47-million container yard
replacement at Barbours Cut; and a $36-million wharf extension at Bayport.
O'Donnell said that effective coordination of all stakeholders is vital during project execution: "Typically, we have an on-site staff project manager
and field superintendents. We interface with the port's project manager on
a day-to-day basis." For large projects, that interface will extend to various
departments at the port, third-party consultants and teams of inspectors,
terminal operators, labor and many others who will help prevent bottlenecks
and manage risks. "For the most part, the schedule is a general contractor's
responsibility. Keeping to the schedule takes interaction. Barbours Cut and
Bayport are active facilities. Good old fashioned face-to-face communication, on-site coordination, and tactical discussions all play an important
role," he said.
In his experience, rehabilitation or replacement projects present more coordination challenges than new construction. O'Donnell said, "Infrastructure
utilities, power, water, sewage ... we can't shut down an entire working
facility. We plan to minimize interference. For example, when we take a
water line out of service, we have to plan on how to get water to the site in
the event of a fire." He added. "At the end of the day, we plan well and work
closely with many people. If we know what they expect, we can provide it to
them. After many projects at the port, we feel we do that well."  ●

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"Our port team
communicates on
an almost daily basis
with our customers
and meets with them
regularly to discuss
current infrastructure
needs and long-term
business projections."
-Rich Allen,
Ports of Indiana

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AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Ports’ Power as Conveners
FAST Act Impact
Following Up on the Funding Trail
Infrastructure Coordination: Competing Globally, Acting Locally
A Digital Vision of Leadership: Using Technology to Improve the Supply Chain in Los Angeles
XXV Latin American Congress of Ports
Every American, Every Day is Impacted by Port Activities
LED Lighting – The Right Choice for Ports?
Index of Advertisers
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