Stavola Companies is redeveloping a former chemical plant located along the Passaic River waterfront, 330 Doremus Avenue in the City of Newark, New Jersey, into a multimodal asphalt and concrete processing plant. The new facility will have the capability of obtaining raw materials by either rail or barge and will service the NYC construction industry.
The project includes configuring the site to accommodate a concrete plant, an asphalt plant, and concrete recycling plant. Additionally, a new spud barge will be constructed in the Passaic River to accommodate deliveries of raw materials from barges floated to the processing plant along the river. McLaren Engineering Group is performing surveying, site/civil engineering, marine engineering, structural engineering, and geotechnical engineering and construction inspection for this industrial redevelopment project.
Significant challenges such as environmental restrictions, floodplain issues, site availability, and a tight schedule required a highly coordinated team design approach which included several of McLaren’s engineering disciplines, the Stavola team, construction manager, expediter, and attorney. Weekly design meetings throughout the project allowed the team to respond quickly to issues and to keep the project on schedule.
The McLaren design team worked closely with the client in the conceptual stages of the project to understand the processing plant’s needs. We optimized the facility layout and vehicle circulation, and worked closely with utility companies and the city to determine the most cost-effective solutions for providing the utility services to the production and recycling site.
There were several design challenges which the McLaren team faced in developing this industrial site. Since the property sits along the Passaic River, the site was located within a flood zone. In order to satisfy NJDEP regulatory flood protection requirements, significant portions of the site needed to be raised above the flood elevation. In come cases the grade needed to be raised in excess of 6 feet.
Stavola wanted the ability to receive the raw materials for its asphalt and concrete production operations by barge. To facilitate this, the Marine team designed two spud barges which would be permanently moored at the site along the Passaic River. Barges carrying raw materials could dock alongside the spud barges and the raw materials would be transmitted to land using a loader and conveyor hopper system. Since the loader was intended to work from the spud barges McLaren engineered steel bridge gangways for each of the spud barges. Each gangway was designed as a removeable structure. The versatility of the structure would help protect the asset from damage when the threat of extreme weather occurs. Additionally, McLaren engineered the gangway so one side is fixed and the other can freely rotate with the tide.
Because heavy machinery would be needed at the water’s edge, McLaren engineered two bulkheads at the gangway approaches that act as a platform and can handle the significant equipment loads. The anchor piles for the barge were designed with precision to allow for the unique operations.
The project incorporated several extra design considerations for resiliency and functionality including calculating the path and inclination that equipment use to climb the gangway.