RB Baker — Georgia Port Authority

In April 2015, R.B. Baker Construction entered into a $20 million fast track contract with the Georgia Port Authority (GPA) for the Gate 8 and Empty Yard Depot Phases 1 & 2 project. The project scope is to develop a 55 acre site that includes two new security gate access points and 24 acres of asphalt pavement storage for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs). The project also includes significant subcontracts for specialized trades such as Dynamic Compaction, Electrical & High Mast Lighting, Communications, Structural Concrete, Steel Buildings, and Canopies.

As of June, 2015 the GPA moved more than 338,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs), a 16.4 percent increase, and 2.9 million tons of freight, a 9.6 percent jump for the month. By the end of July, 2015, the GPA moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units by rail, an increase of more than half a million TEUs.


Georgia’s ports have seen tremendous growth over the past fiscal year, and a lot of that was because of the West Coast cargo diversions and the turnaround in the U.S. economy. This type of growth in this timeframe has put a lot of stress on the GPA’s infrastructure. The Gate 8 and Empty Yard Depot Phases 1 & 2 will help to eliminate some of the gate traffic and will open up over 24 acres of TEU space.

Project Scope & Quantities:

24 Acres of Clearing & Grubbing
5 Acres of Dynamic Compaction
10,000 Tons of Concrete Crushing
6,000 LF of Storm Drainage
7,200 LF of Fire Line
225,000 LF of Electrical Duct Bank
200,000 CY of Import Fill
50,000+ CY of Unsuitable Excavation 100,000 Tons of GABC
40,000+ Tons of Asphalt Paving

Baker Project Team:

Jeremy Fordham – Project Mgr.
Carson Coleman – Project Eng.
Richard Austin – Project Super.
Andy Wilson – Grading Super.
Don Walker – Pipe Foreman
Jimmy Edenfield – Grade Foreman
Anthony Lee – Grade Foreman,
Robert Futch – Paving Super.

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