On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, resulting in one of the most significant natural disasters in U.S. history. The Port of Gulfport’s (port) electrical power supply, roads, water, sewer, rail, small craft harbor fendering systems, navigational aids and lighting and security systems were all destroyed or damaged beyond repair by the storm.
The restoration of the Port is crucial to the economy and long-term recovery of the State of Mississippi and to the Gulf Coast region in particular. Many products grown or manufactured in the State are exported through this port. Two of the top three exports, poultry and forest products, are produced in Mississippi. Furthermore, manufacturing companies located throughout the State depend upon the products imported through this port.
Program Management Services for the PGRP were initiated on May 6, 2008, with the competitive selection of the team of TL Wallace Construction and CH2M Hill as program manager, their mission being to facilitate the restoration of the Port’s infrastructure and facilities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, mitigate against future damage and allow for the short-and long-term recovery of the operating capacity of the Port.
While the program management duties are all encompassing, Wallace specifically is focused on covering all Title II services in support of the rebuild, including:
- Constructability reviews
- Costs controls
- Dispute resolution
- Document management
- Field procedures
- Material documentation
- Nonconforming work identification, remediating/removal, and reporting
- Procurement/subcontracting/bid package preparation
- Quality assurance
- Quality checkpoints
- Shop and temporary construction drawings
- Supplemental drawings
- Work and production plant inspections
The TL Wallace Construction and CH2M Hill Team is tasked with using their strength of knowledge and experience to apply a structured approach to managing this diverse and complicated program to ensure the PGRP objectives are achieved.