USACE Galveston District awards $2.4 million contract to build Port Arthur Resident, Fort Point Survey offices

Published Oct. 5, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (Oct. 5, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract in the amount of $2,477,400 to Solis Constructors Inc. for construction of a new resident office in Port Arthur, Texas, and Fort Point Survey Office in Galveston, Texas.

The Port Arthur Resident Office’s 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.

“Preparing for the future of our employees, the USACE Galveston District awarded a construction contract to build the new Port Arthur Resident Office and Fort Point Survey Office, also known as Building 23,” said Eric Russek, an operations project manager with the USACE Galveston District. "After several unsuccessful solicitations to award a contract to rebuild these buildings devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008, we are pleased to announce that we have concluded negotiations and awarded this contract that will house our exceptional employees."

According to Russek, the Corps’ Port Arthur Resident Office monitors and maintains approximately 80 miles of the Sabine Neches deep draft channel starting 19 miles offshore, up to the Port of Beaumont.

“Our navigation mission includes monitoring and maintaining approximately 40 miles of shallow draft channels including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Port Arthur to High Island,” said Russek. “Our navigation mission also 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.”

The Corps’ Port Arthur Resident Office also supports construction and maintenance at the Wallisville Lake Project located in Chambers and Liberty counties, Russek said.

Construction work is scheduled to begin November 2015 with an anticipated completion date of May 2017.

The USACE Galveston District was established in 1880 as the first engineer district in Texas to oversee river and harbor improvements. The district is directly responsible for maintaining more than 1,000 miles of channel, including 270 miles of deep draft and 750 miles of shallow draft as well as the Colorado River Locks and Brazos River Floodgates.

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Release no. 15-061