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Craney Island Fuel Terminal


Winter 2011 Contents


Project showcase: Craney Island Fuel Terminal: Innovative phasing and three-dimensional modeling for the Navy promotes growth in the Norfolk region Denver Eagle: International P3 expertise benefits a showcase public-private financed US rail project Groundbreaking commercial waste: Study analysis for the New York City Department of Sanitation


Expanding expertise: New expertise in building services, highway infrastructure, navy programs and hydropower builds on our existing service offerings across North America


Spotlight on: Marine oil terminals Roadmapping: Strategic path to plan for future goals

Halcrow’s expertise in 3D design work led the Navy to request a 3D model to serve as an asset management tool, facilitating decisionmaking during design, construction and longterm management of the facility.

We are happy to bring you the winter edition of our North American magazine. Each quarter it will come to you full of information about what’s going on with Halcrow’s people, places and projects and how we are helping to solve some of our clients’ greatest challenges through planning, design and management services for sustainable infrastructure development worldwide.



Island Fuel Terminal Innovative phasing and threedimensional (3D) modeling for the Navy promotes growth in the Norfolk region. Halcrow’s Virginia-based maritime team completed an innovative design project for a new Navy fueling pier at the Craney Island Fuel Terminal in Portsmouth,

Virginia, the Navy’s largest fuel facility in the United States. Pier D is a 1,400 footlong concrete structure that runs parallel to the shore and is the primary fuel pier for large naval vessels on the east coast. A variety of challenges were met by Halcrow’s design team during the design phase of the project. The team

needed to plan for Pier D’s completion without service interruption, and it was determined that the best approach to achieve this would be to demolish and rebuild in phases. First, the south pier will be severed and demolished. Once reconstructed, the piping will be reconnected from the south pier to the onshore facility, followed by the

demolition and reconstruction of the north pier. Additionally, extensive routing of new fuel pipes on land will be needed to support the phased construction approach. The design also included the upgrading of 1,800 feet of rock armor shore protection to protect the facility from storm surge and prop wash as tug boats maneuver near shore. Halcrow’s expertise in 3D design work led the Navy to request a 3D model to serve as an asset management tool, facilitating decisionmaking during design, construction and long-term management of the facility. An optimized 3D model was needed to be interoperable within the Navy’s enterprise data architecture, modeling and simulation environments. This model, developed in accordance with Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NFESC) standards, used building information modeling (BIM) tools, traditionally used to model buildings. Using these tools allowed the team to visualize the structure design in real time. This model acted as an internal quality control/ quality assurance tool, identifying constructability conflicts and interface issues. The model will continue to support maintenance and inspection requirements over the life of the structure. For information on our maritime engineering expertise, contact Patrick King at or (212) 608-3990.


Denver Eagle: International P3 expertise benefits showcase public-private financed US rail project Halcrow has secured two roles on the Denver Eagle P3 commuter rail project, a showcase railroad project in the United States being financed through a publicprivate partnership (P3). Halcrow has worldwide expertise in infrastructure P3 projects, including highways, ports, airports, railroads and light rail (streetcar) systems. With this strong background, Halcrow was recently appointed as independent engineer (IE) and lenders’ technical advisor (LTA) for the US$2.1 billion Eagle P3 project, which will see a private concessionaire design, construct, finance, operate and maintain three new electrified commuter rail lines in Denver’s metropolitan area. Owned by Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), the full project consists of the 36.7km East Corridor between historic Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport, the 11.7km Gold Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge and the first 8.4km segment of the Northwest Rail Corridor to Westminster. The East Corridor has already been given notice to proceed, the other lines are expected to receive final confirmation of public funding shortly. As IE, Halcrow works for both the public transit agency (RTD) and the private concessionaire, Denver Transit Partners

(DTP). In the role of LTA, Halcrow reports to the financial institution acting as trustee for the holders of the private activity bonds that part-fund the concessionaire. Undertaking both roles means Halcrow can deliver overall cost savings to the Eagle project and prevent potential conflicts of interest. “We’re excited to be able to bring Halcrow’s extensive P3 expertise to support the project here in Denver; P3 in the rail sector is new to the United States but I’m sure the Eagle project can act as a path-finder for future railroad and light rail P3 projects across the country,” said Duncan Mills, project manager for Halcrow. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2016, with DTP responsible for operations and maintenance until 2044. For information on our rail expertise, contact Bill Mooney or (312) 212-4205.


Groundbreaking commercial waste system analysis and study for the NYC Department of Sanitation Halcrow has been awarded a pioneering commercial waste system analysis and study for the City of New York’s Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling (DSNY). The study is one of the commitments made by DSNY in its 2006 Solid Waste Management Plan. Valued at over US$5 million, this study is the first comprehensive effort to construct a detailed model of waste generation within the private commercial sector of the city’s economy, and to investigate its transport and disposal. Geographic information systems (GIS) mapping will underpin the analysis with the latter part of the study involving extensive field work to calibrate the generation model and to add depth to DSNY’s understanding of waste-handling practices in the city. “Most existing waste generation calculations are fairly basic, involving spreadsheets that simply assign a ‘ton per year’ value to businesses based on

their size and sector,” said Gary Ostroff, Halcrow principal GIS specialist, who will manage the project’s technical elements. “The level of spatial and sector detail that we will be introducing to the model is unprecedented; nor has such a model been built for a city the size of New York.” The commercial waste system study is part of DSNY’s program to promote sustainable and environmentally sound waste handling systems in accord with the general goals of PlaNYC – to help ensure a higher quality of life for generations of New Yorkers to come and contribute to a 30 percent reduction in global warming emissions. For information on our GIS expertise, contact Gary Ostroff at or (212) 608-3990.

around Halcrow Yolles was a benefactor sponsor of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 Heritage Ball in October, a premiere architectural industry event to support the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, and honor the rich architectural heritage of

New York City. This yearly tradition began in the 1980s, and had over 1,200 attendees this year. Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Chapter members include over 4,400

practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.


Expert additions to North American team broaden Halcrow’s offerings Located in Chicago, Tom Willoughby joined the firm as principal and director, building services (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, analytics, and sustainability) for Halcrow Yolles in North America.

mixed-use developments, parking structures, industrial facilities, and long-span structures such as convention centers and airports. In addition, he has experience in renovations, adaptive reuse, historic restoration and a wide range of project delivery methods.

Highlights of his 15 years of experience include the Kingdom Tower, the 520 North Michigan vertical mall on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the renovation and conversion of the Chicago historic landmark the Shubert Theater and associated office tower, sustainable master plans for Beijing’s CBD Eastern Expansion and the Tianjin Tanggu District, and the US Air Force Academy Center for Character & Leadership which is tracking LEED Platinum.

Further expanding our expertise in the Windy City, Jim Riley joined Halcrow as vice president of highway infrastructure, traffic and tolls. He has over two decades of experience in transportation technical, federal programs, managerial, and corporate executive roles and is developing the firm’s traffic engineering services within North America.

Joining Tom in Chicago, A.J. (Al) Baysek adds to our North American building operation serving as principal, building structures. With over 37 years of experience in the building design and construction industry, and licensed in more than 30 states, Al has specific expertise in the design of office buildings, hotels, residential and

Robert Fetter joined Halcrow in Norfolk, Virginia as director of navy programs. In this newly created position, he is responsible for building on Halcrow’s relationship with the US Navy and its engineering operations. Rob is a retired Civil Engineer Corps captain who brings more than 25 years Navy facilities management and capital improvement experience to Halcrow. His expertise is wide-ranging and includes skills in the areas of project management,

planning and asset management, facilities management, energy efficiency/ sustainability, and investment strategy. In Houston, Spencer Burton came on board as project director and energy market sector manager. His role includes developing NOAM maritime energy business opportunities with Houston and Gulf Coast based-clients. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering project management of LNG and gas storage terminals, oil and gas pipelines and metals/dry bulk handling facilities. Specific areas of expertise include preliminary and final engineering, procurement, contract management, project management and construction oversight. Michael Bahleda joined the firm as a senior energy consultant for our North American power division. Based in Arlington, Virginia, Mike is responsible for waterpower project development for both conventional hydropower and emerging hydrokinetic technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy business, and has worked across a broad set of industry issues including fossil and hydro construction, hydro operations and maintenance, fossil plant life extension and hydro licensing.


Marine oil terminals Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS) were created by the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) in response to the disastrous 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and concerns about California’s aging marine oil terminal infrastructure. Work began on adapting the standards in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Halcrow was at the forefront, acting as the prime developer of the standards for the CSLC. MOTEMS requires very comprehensive initial audits of existing terminals, including underwater inspection,

mooring and berthing analyses, geotechnical investigations, structural and seismic analysis, and mechanical, electrical, pipeline, and fire protection system audits. Halcrow has been the audit team leader and a major participant in more than half of the audits that have taken place. The firm has also been selected to execute many of the follow up actions, as well as perform subsequent audits, which occur in a three-year cycle. Halcrow has helped advance the state of engineering in this area through

work with CSLC staff and academic experts Professor Rakesh Goel at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in refining seismic analysis methods and modeling techniques. These modified techniques will be incorporated into the new ASCE standards for seismic design of piers and wharves and the next revision of MOTEMS. For information on our MOTEMS and marine oil terminal expertise, contact Gayle Johnson at or (510) 452-0040.

Roadmapping: A strategic path to plan for future goals Applicable to all industries, Halcrow’s expertise in the use of developing specialized ‘roadmaps’ is helping organizations achieve their long-term goals. Roadmapping methodology allows a firm to develop a “no regrets” strategy that helps plan, position, budget and understand the implications of its investment decisions across a specified timeline. Easily applied to a wide range of issues and types of firms, roadmapping can be used to map out investment and operational decisions related to an organization’s technology, carbon, and sustainability plans as well as strategies for future capital needs. “Roadmapping clearly shows an organization how to get from A to Z and achieve their vision,” said Halcrow’s Mark Gabriel, senior vice president, power. “It’s easy

to say ‘we will be a sustainable company by the year 2020’. But what does that mean practically for the organization and its stakeholders? While no vision of the future is perfectly clear, a solid technology roadmap places a company on the path to its future goals and aspirations.” Roadmapping allows an organization to clearly understand its capital expenditures, link them to its strategy and make monetary and maintenance decisions that are in line with its strategic direction. Technology roadmapping benefits all stakeholders: • From a regulatory perspective, a roadmap allows a company to portray its long-term vision and establish a foundation for a jointly understood pathway.

• Employees gain confidence in the bigger picture view of the company’s activities and can see where the investments are going. • Shareholders gain confidence in critical capital investments and recognize management has its vision well in hand. • The public can be informed and advised as to the company’s direction and reassured that decisions are part of a long-term plan, not a short-term fix. The roadmapping process has been successfully used by Halcrow experts at investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, water companies and technology firms. For information on our roadmapping expertise, contact Mark Gabriel at or (303) 872-5152.

Exceptional experiences ­ Winter 2011  
Exceptional experiences ­ Winter 2011  

We are happy to bring you the winter edition of our North American magazine.