Terra Site Delivers Pier Upgrades to National Park Service at the Historic Fort Sumter

Terra Constructs (Terra) has completed the upgrades of the Fort Sumter (FOSU) pier on behalf of the National Park Service (NPS). The year-long effort was a collaboration between Terra and the NPS to enable better public accessibility for a historic and national treasure. The construction at the pier continued during the peak summer period with arrangements to sequester pedestrian and ferry traffic. This project was a source of pride for the Terra team as it galvanized a sense of common history, national purpose and public duty. The historic restoration of the pier provided a perfect backdrop for combining modern machinery and techniques with the traditional yet staid construction of the historic fort.

NPS envisioned upgrades involved replacing rotted pilings and decking with driving 30” steel piling and fendering the pilings for ferries. The scope of the project also included installing new handrails, electrical rewiring, new lighting along the pier walkway, cast in place concrete and sealing expansion joints. Given the marine environment, barges were used for supplying materials and crane stationing. The project was delivered on time and on budget to the NPS through the dedication of Terra’s field team as well as collaborative effort with the NPS on project planning and hands on management.

Temporary guardrails, visible signage and constant vigilance by the Terra and NPS teams kept visitors safe and separated from the construction. Safety is an important value at Terra and is front and center for all aspects of Federal projects. Terra continues to implement new initiatives and technology to lower our EMR and build a sustainable culture centered around health and safety.

Terra teamed with local subcontractors, Cape Romaine, Feyen Zylstra and Terracon, as well as the stewardship of the NPS team, was able to deliver the project on schedule and on budget, despite accommodating changes in field and design conditions. Terra is proud to support the efforts of the NPS at Fort Sumter. We look forward to our continued partnership with the NPS and supporting the restoration and recapitalization of our national treasures for future generations.