Hatch wins Power of Collaboration Award for Port Saint John Westside Modernization Project

May 5, 2023

Halifax, Canada – The Hatch Dillon joint venture has been awarded the Power of Collaboration Award by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, New Brunswick for its role in the Port Saint John Westside Modernization Project. The award recognizes the project team that best exemplifies collaboration between owner, architect, engineer, and contractor in producing engineering achievements that exhibit excellence in their fields.

The Westside Modernization Project involved scaling up North America's fastest-growing container terminal at Port Saint John in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The project aimed to expand the container terminal and intermodal capacity to meet increasing demand while maintaining port operations in some of the world's highest tides. Hatch Dillon was responsible for designing and developing innovative infrastructure to accommodate future high capacity at the port.

In just one construction season, Hatch Dillon designed and constructed eight 27-meter-high concrete caissons—some of the tallest backfilled caissons in North America. Hatch also designed and developed a combination wall reinforcement for the existing wharf and a piled wall to connect the new berth, while preparing and managing multiple dredging contracts.

Additionally, Hatch Dillon assisted with consultation efforts with local First Nations, engaging directly with communities to develop capacity agreements in support of continued relationship-building between Port Authority and the Nations throughout project construction. The project had a significant positive impact on New Brunswick's economy, and the terminal capacity was increased to 650,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units). The project team dredged and reused 600,000 m3 of soft soils as land reclamation, creating several acres of land, increasing the size of the Port's container terminal, mitigating major environmental disruption, and saving project costs.

"We're thrilled to have won the Power of Collaboration Award for our work on the Port Saint John Westside Modernization Project," said Damon Jericho, Hatch's Global Director for Ports & Terminals. "This project was complex, and our team worked tirelessly to overcome significant design and operational challenges. I'm proud of our team's dedication to collaboration, innovation, and sustainability, and the positive impact this project has had on the community and the environment."

The ACEC New Brunswick Engineering Excellence Awards is an annual event that celebrates and promotes the provision of exemplary consulting engineering services locally, nationally, and internationally. The event further serves to educate the public and highlight the valuable contributions of New Brunswick’s Consulting Engineers in their work at home and abroad.

For more information about the Port Saint John Westside Modernization Project click here.



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