US Army Corps of Engineers
Galveston District

Northern Area Office (Upper Texas Coast)

Located in the Jadwin Building on Galveston Island, the Northern Area Office area of responsibility includes 23 Texas counties and two Louisiana parishes, encompasses over 165 miles of coastline from the Texas – Louisiana border to Matagorda Bay and extends over 100 miles inland.  The Northern Area Office consists of the Galveston Resident Office, Houston Resident Office and the Port Arthur Resident Office. Our staff of over 45 personnel includes engineers, construction control representatives, surveyors, technicians, boat operators and project administrative personnel.

Our primary mission includes providing construction management, quality assurance, hydrographic and land surveying technical expertise in support of navigation and construction projects for over 500 miles of federally authorized navigation channels.  We monitor and maintain approximately 175 miles of deep draft channels. Our navigation mission also includes monitoring and maintaining approximately 325 miles of shallow draft channels including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from Port Arthur to Matagorda Bay.

Staff works in conjunction with local sponsors and customers to provide quality projects and services that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of marine-based commerce, flood risk reduction, and military construction projects, with particular emphasis on quality, safety and the environment.

Houston Resident Office

Located in the Jadwin Building on Galveston Island, the Houston Resident Office primary mission focus includes providing construction management and quality assurance technical expertise in support of navigation projects for over 130 miles of federally authorized channels, as well as flood risk reduction and military Reserve construction projects.

We are responsible for contract administration of navigation projects within the Galveston Bay complex. Contracts typically involve dredging navigation channels to remove accumulated shoals, improving capacity of confined dredged material placement areas and the beneficial use of dredged material to create salt-water marshes. We monitor and maintain over 50 miles of deep draft channels including the Houston Ship Channel, Bayport Channel and Barbour’s Terminal Channel. Our navigation mission also includes monitoring and maintaining over 80 miles of shallow draft channels including Cedar Bayou, Greens Bayou and other Houston Ship Channel tributaries. 

Our mission also includes construction management of flood risk reduction projects including 19.3 miles of Sims Bayou channel improvements and Addicks and Barker reservoir construction and maintenance projects. We also provide engineering and quality assurance services for military projects, including the recently completed Armed Forces Reserve Center at Ellington, as well as the ongoing construction of the Woodlands Army Reserve Center in Houston. 

Port Arthur Resident Office

Located in Port Arthur, Texas, the Port Arthur Resident Office primary mission focus includes providing construction management and quality assurance technical expertise in support of navigation and construction projects for approximately 120 miles of federally authorized channels. We monitor and maintain approximately 80 miles of the Sabine Neches deep draft channel starting 19 miles offshore, up to the Port of Beaumont. Our navigation mission also includes monitoring and maintaining approximately 40 miles of shallow draft channels including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from Port Arthur to High Island.

Our navigation mission consists of work on various types of projects including maintenance dredging of channels, deepening and widening of channels, erosion protection, beach nourishment, jetty construction and rehabilitation, habitat restoration and creation. In addition to our navigation mission, we also support construction and maintenance at the Wallisville Lake Project located in Chambers and Liberty counties.

Galveston Resident Office

Located in the Jadwin Building on Galveston Island, the Galveston Resident Office primary mission focus includes providing construction management and quality assurance technical expertise in support of navigation and construction projects for over 230 miles of federally authorized channels.  We monitor and maintain over 30 miles of deep draft channels including Galveston Harbor, Galveston Entrance Channel, Texas City Channel, Freeport Harbor and Freeport Entrance Channel. Our navigation mission also includes monitoring and maintaining over 200 miles of shallow draft channels including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from High Island to Matagorda Bay, Chocolate Bayou, and the San Bernard River Channel.

Our navigation mission consists of work on various types of projects including maintenance dredging of channels, deepening and widening of channels, erosion protection, beach nourishment, jetty construction and rehabilitation, habitat restoration and creation.  In addition to our navigation mission, we also support construction and maintenance of flood control and navigation structures, such as the Colorado River Locks and the Brazos River Flood Gates.