Richmond, CA

New Marine Terminal


Originally built in the 1950s, the timber terminal was becoming increasingly costly to maintain and was no longer considered fit-for-purpose for seismic and berthing requirements.  Instead of embarking on an incremental improvement program, the terminal owner sought to build a new steel wharf over the existing, while maintaining operability through construction.  SGH prepared conceptual designs and developed design criteria for replacement of the entire marine terminal.

SGH acted as the owner’s engineer throughout the design/build project and represented the owner for permitting reviews.  We worked closely with terminal staff and marine contractors to complete the following:

  • Investigated the appropriateness of a variety of different construction materials and techniques
  • Developed conceptual designs and established the project design criteria
  • Performed risk assessments of the design considering topics, such as sea-level rise, flooding, fire/explosion, and accidental overpressures
  • Evaluated construction sequencing options
  • Assisted the owner in the selection of a design/build contractor
  • Performed independent design verification and assessed compliance with the design criteria over the course of final design and construction
  • Researched permitting compliance requirements and provided technical guidance and support through the complex permitting process

Project Summary



Completion Date
New Construction
Structures | Performance & Code Consulting
Infrastructure & Transportation
International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT)
Specialized Capabilities
Marine & Civil Works | Risk & Resilience Assessment

Key team members

William Bruin
William Bruin
Structural Engineering Division Head, San Francisco Bay Area
Gayle  Johnson
Gayle Johnson
Senior Principal