Port of Houston
Owner: Port of Houston Authority
General Contractor: Forde Construction
Schnabel Foundation Company stabilized two existing 25-ft tall sheet pile walls at the Port of Houston, inland of Wharf 11 and Wharf 13. The determination to repair the walls was made after a portion of one wall failed and threatened to block train and truck traffic at the Port. The goals of the Port consisted of repairing the failed structure, providing additional stability to the remainder of the walls, providing an aesthetic solution and completing the work without shutting down the rail, the road or affecting the activities at the Port. Consideration to the saline environment had to be a part of the solution. The Port of Houston Authority required the use of permanent tiebacks and protection of the anchor heads.
The scope of work at Wharf No. 13 consisted of first repairing a 150-foot long failed section of the wall and stabilizing the entire structure with permanent tiebacks. The overall length of the wall is 390 ft. Repairs to the failed sheet pile consisted of excavating behind the wall, bending back or replacing the damaged steel and rebuilding the wall. Because of the nature of the repairs, the tieback design consisted of ties at every two sheets. No walers were necessary. Schnabel installed 142 tiebacks in two tiers and the anchor heads were encased in concrete.
The wall at Wharf No. 11 is approximately 460 feet long and 25 feet high. The work at this location was preventive in nature since the wall remained stable. However, the Port decided to proceed with the repair prior to any wall movement. Since the wall was fairly straight, two tiers of walers and tiebacks were installed with tieback spacings varying from 6 to 10 ft. The anchor heads were also protected inside concrete encasements.