Grain Handling Capacity and Conveyance Improvements Project
C&S Companies spearheaded the engineering, design, and oversight of construction for the Grain Handling Capacity and Conveyance Improvements Project at the Port of Oswego Authority (POA). Previously, local farmers stored grain under aging, timber domed buildings and manually loaded it for shipment by ship or rail. However, increased international grain exports necessitated a modernized silo and conveyance system to maintain the USDA export license.
The new automated system, completed in 2021, features a 21,000 MT silo for truck and rail unloading. It includes load-out systems for railcars, trucks, and ships, integrating a USDA-certified weighing and inspection system. Upgrades to two onsite laboratories were facilitated—one for USDA Inspectors’ use in certifying international exports and the other for SUNY Oswego’s partnership for testing inbound grain.
A 14,000 MT steel-framed fabric-covered structure now secures bulk commodities like potash and salt. It strategically sits near the POA’s main operating dock for convenient access by self-unloading vessels and inbound/outbound deliveries by railcars and trucks.
The project encompassed constructing a centralized control building with dedicated spaces for electrical controls, the air compressor system, and the automated silo controls center. Installation of a new 4,000-amp electrical service powered the new silo. Moreover, it entailed setting up a fiber optic network, implementing security upgrades, and executing drainage improvements.
Key Project Details:
- Final Construction Cost: $15,000,000
- Construction Duration: March 1, 2021, to May 31, 2023