Tellepsen is in the process of constructing a food grade plastics manufacturing and shipping facility in La Porte, Texas. The work involves all disciplines including 15,000 CY of concrete and 2,157 tons of structural steel designed to withstand 200 mph wind loads. Process equipment, auxiliary structural steel, and all 172,000 LF of piping was fabricated and shipped from China. These materials were delivered to the site in shipload increments. The site itself is on an extremely small footprint with very little laydown area, so these large deliveries required constant coordination and planning on the part of all craft supervision.
Tellepsen self-performed all equipment installation, tower erection, tray installation, process and water pump installation and alignment, compressor installation and alignment, conveyor system installation, strand cutter installation and alignment and all associated vessel installation which are just part of a total of 434 pieces of equipment set on this project.
A portion of the scope required managing construction of a lump sum $5MM subcontract for a 14 story warehouse / shipping facility also designed to withstand 200 mph wind loads. This work required close coordination between the building subcontractor and all of his subs due to an extremely ambitious schedule.
Site conditions were less than optimal due to inadequate site drainage which contributed to a very muddy site after moderate rainfall amounts. A concentrated effort to maintain safety and productivity in this type of condition has been paramount in moving forward with this project.
Key Project Challenges
- Fast track project with an aggressive schedule
- Material/Equipment supplied by Client from overseas supplier
- Site drainage
- Tightening labor market required innovative work force retention plans
- Coordination of work with multiple subcontractors
- Tight work areas with a lot of congestion
- Challenging design