As a major hub for intermodal freight and other high priority shipments between the Pacific Northwest and the eastern part of the United States, the BNSF Railways Company’s Interbay rail yard required major facility improvements. BNSF commissioned TKDA to develop construction documents for upgrading the Interbay fueling facility to meet the high demand.
Located in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the Interbay facility improvements required particular attention to the environmentally sensitive surroundings. TKDA’s design consisted of three interrelated foci: a new tank car loadout rack complete with track pan containment and DFO distribution system; a new DFO truck unload facility; and the addition of an HDPE liner system to the storage tank containment dike. Key issues in the design of these improvements included reliability, operability and maintainability. TKDA also provided on-site construction management and startup support services.