SAN PEDRO, Calif. – December 6, 2016 – The American Public Works Association’s Southern California Chapter has named the Port of Los Angeles winner of the APWA Creativity and Innovation BEST award for the Port’s Berths 142-147 Trapac Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) project.

“We are extremely proud to be singled out for this prestigious award,” said Tony Gioiello, deputy executive director of the Port’s Development Group, which includes the Port’s construction, maintenance, engineering and goods movement divisions. “This project exemplifies the Port’s continued investment in innovation that keeps us relevant and competitive in today’s fast-paced international trade arena.”

The $71 million Berths 142-147 ICTF project included construction of a new semi-automated on-dock rail yard at TraPac Container Terminal. The yard features eight working tracks, concrete foundations to support up to four new rail mounted gantry cranes, a train-in-motion warning system, automatic rail switches as well as state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. A $20.7 million California Transportation Commission grant went toward funding for the project. The Port’s project manager was Daniel Samaro, and the construction manager was Scott Gilmour.

The Southern California Chapter of APWA grants awards to deserving public agencies for outstanding public works projects or programs demonstrating resourcefulness and imagination. Award categories include: creativity and innovation; buildings; drainage, water and wastewater; facilities; recreational and athletic facilities; storm water quality; traffic, mobility and beautification; and transportation.

The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and has 63 chapters in North America. The APWA Southern California Chapter is one of nine in the state.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $270 billion in trade during 2015. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 133,000 jobs (about one in 14) in the City of Los Angeles and 479,000 jobs (or one in 18) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support nearly 1 million California jobs and 2.8 million nationwide.