Tapani, Inc. was part of the team hired to construct one of the largest export grain facilities on the West Coast. T.E. Ibberson Company was the general contractor for this $200 million project located in Longview, Wash., and the owner was EGT Development, LLC. The project included: procurement, construction of four new inbound tracks, two new departure track loops, a rail receiving system, a scale tower, concrete storage silos, a cleaner building, conveyor support vents, towers, trusses, conveyor mechanical components, spouting and gates, utility systems, buildings, and site roads.
Tapani’s contract included new site water and sewer systems, storm piping and structures, clearing and grubbing, excavation, embankment, site grading, dewatering, soldier pile shoring system, and deep excavation for the rail receiving pit. The total site excavation consisted of 120,000 cubic yards of material. The railroad track system had 10,000 linear feet of grading and placement of rock. A 40-foot-deep rail receiving pit with extensive dewatering was excavated, which alone contained 30,000 cubic yards of material. To work on a project of this scope, with a workforce of up to 300 personnel onsite, it was vital that a detailed health, safety and quality control plan was followed.
Tapani’s work was crucial on the front end to get the schedule rolling prior to other contractors beginning their portion of the project. Another project challenge was finding unmarked buried hazardous structures. Environmental analysis was required, asbestos abatement was performed by another subcontractor, and the concrete from the structure was crushed and reused on the site.