The Howard Terminal site is a former container terminal along the Port of Oakland’s Inner Harbor. The site was originally a bulk-break terminal dating back to the early 1900s with a manufactured gas plant located in the eastern portion of the site. The terminal was expanded and converted to a container terminal in the 1980s. Improvements at the site will include a Major League Baseball stadium as well as midrise and high rise buildings to provide a mix of residential, retail, and other commercial uses. The project plans also include construction of an overhead gondola from the Oakland Convention Center to Jack London Square. The site grade will be raised to address sea-level rise. The existing wharf will be retained as part of the site redevelopment. The site is underlain by liquefiable fill and soft compressible Young Bay Mud. Past industrial uses of the site resulted in hazardous materials that represent redevelopment risks in the soil, groundwater, and soil vapor that will be mitigated in the ultimate development. ENGEO is working with lead regulatory agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”), to design supplemental Site characterization activities, laboratory analysis, site modeling, and assess remedial technologies to be implemented at the Site.
ENGEO is performing both geotechnical design and environmental hazardous materials consulting services for this project. The project will include reconsolidation and select offhaul of impacted soil, management of groundwater, and mitigation against potential vapor intrusion risks. Geotechnical mitigations will include deep foundations and ground improvement for liquefaction and compressible soil.