The Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously voted to extend HDR’s contract to create the final design for the $1.567 billion Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility through 2027.

The project will create a new on-dock facility to streamline the movement of goods via rail rather than truck. It includes a variety of elements including realignment of major roads, utility relocation and a new locomotive facility. HDR has worked on the Pier B program since the 1990s. In 2019, HDR was selected to provide environmental and preliminary design services for the landside modernization program.

Under the new $102.3 million contract extension, HDR’s services will include preparing final design plans, specifications and estimates as well as program management support services, including integration of advanced project controls, scheduling and estimating.

“This project will reduce congestion and provide solutions for supply chain issues in the region,” said Tom Kim, HDR’s project manager for Pier B. “Working together with our small-business partners, we are eager to assist the Port of Long Beach with organizing and delivering the next phase of this modern, sustainable on-dock rail facility.”

Port of Long Beach, the “Green Port,” is part of the largest port complex in the United States. When finished, the facility will ease congestion and reduce air emissions by shifting port traffic from trucks to rail cars.

The program also advances the Port of Long Beach’s sustainability goals by incorporating electrification capabilities for future locomotive charging in the long-term facility master plan and site improvements.

To further the port’s goals of including small and local businesses, HDR has partnered with 34 subconsultants, including small local businesses.