Port Facility Improvements


The City of Marinette is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan .  An existing bulk handling facility needed an upgrade to accommodate ocean-going vessels that now use the Great Lakes.

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City of Marinette
Marinette, Wisconsin
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Marinette, Wisconsin

Project Highlights


During construction, a unique design change was incorporated to address the discovery of contaminated sediments.  Additional highlights include:

  • Improvement to 1600 ft of working area for bulk handling facility with annual throughput of 500,000 tons
  • Heavy load dock wall with a surcharge of 1000 psf and wall height of 32.5 ft
  • Turning bollard for 1000 ft long ships
  • Completed within budget, with remaining fund for additional improvements.

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Project Challenges


  • Minimize disruption to operation of the existing bulk handling facility.
  • Preserve the project budget by minimizing the removal of contaminated sediments.

Baird Solutions


  • A phased construction approach required completion of defined segments of the wall by specific deadlines.
  • A design change substantially reduced the amount of contaminated soil to be disposed of off-site, thereby keeping the project within budget.

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