The confidential client announced plans to invest $85 million in new capital projects to expand its marine terminals in three locations. At its site in Marrero, LA, which is located near New Orleans along the banks of the Mississippi River, the client embarked on the construction of five new storage tanks with related terminal infrastructure. The tanks would range in diameter from 130 to 148 ft and have a storage height of 42 ft. The construction of the tanks would enable the facility to expand its storage capacity for fuel oil or asphalt by 550,000 barrels. The tank shell and floor would be made of steel.
The client had concerns of differential settlement, high surface loads, a focus on the nearby community and noise control, and an accelerated project schedule that Menard USA had to contend with.
Given the considerable storage capacity of the tanks, and considering the variable nature and compressibility of the soils, significant settlement was predicted unless ground improvement was provided