LOCATION: Port Arthur, TX
OWNER: German Pellets
ARCHITECT: Architectural Design Center
The largest manufacturer of wood pellets, German Pellets, contracted Evans General Contractors to construct their overseas transloading shipping facility, which is being built in Port Arthur, Texas. When fully operational the facility will receive 100 trucks every 24 hours as part of a 25 year contract to export wood pellets to Europe. The pellets will travel from the manufacturing plant, also being built by Evans, in Woodville, Texas to Port Arthur. From Port Arthur the wooden pellets would then be shipped from the port to a British power station that has been converted to use pellets instead of coal.
The German Pellet's shipping and distribution center will take up approximately 40 acres which will be home to five, 17,000 metric ton silos, 115' high and 105' in diameter. The silos, which are where the pellets will be stored, are made of metal paneling. The pellets will move around a 4000 linear foot, pneumatic conveyor system that is enclosed with an air filtration system that will capture all wood pellet dust and enable the facility to run cleanly.
The Site is on the Sabine Pass shipping channel which runs from the Port, through Lake Sabine, to the Gulf of Mexico. Since the site borders water the soil is soft and required tremendous foundational support in order to hold the heavy truck loads and full silos. Each of the five silos have a concrete foundation approximately 4500 cubic yards and is more than 6' thick. In order to stabilize the ground below, it was required that we drive over 1000 16" square by 65' long precast piles and 100 80' long H- piles in order to support the ocean terminal’s structure.