Coastal Refinery Wharf / Terminal Control Building

Wharf / Terminal Control Building:

Smith LaRock was approached by a repeat client to provide architectural services for their 24/7 control building to be located on top of the Ocean. Yes, we were excited too!

The building scope was to be designed for operators to control their shipments on large oil tankers on top of the Wharf at the refinery.

Our solution was a modular kit of parts to build the control building off site and ship it in by barge and lift into place on the Wharf.

By building this off site it provides the client large cost savings by not having to construct a building over the top of water, and can be constructed in a fabrication plant and shipped to site.



West Coast, USA

Building Stats

  • New Construction
  • Pre-Manufactured Modular Building
  • Shipped to site and craned in place on wharf
  • Panelized floor, wall and roof system.
  • Final location = Class I Div. II Hazardous zone.
  • Specialized control room lighting

Project Size

2000 SQ FT

Client Testimonial

  • Smith LaRock Architecture (SLA) completed the design of a two story control building for our west coast marine oil terminal.  As design lead for the control building, SLA served as the architect of record and was also responsible for the structural, mechanical, and electrical design aspects of the building. SLA facilitated open and effective communication between the multiple engineering firms involved and delivered an aesthetically pleasing and functional design.  Their support continued throughout the construction phase with timely resolution to technical inquiries being the norm. SLA easily met all expectations placed upon them and was a key contributor to the successful delivery of the new facility.  This was, by the way, entirely expected as we do have a history with SLA:  This is the third building they have successfully designed for our site. SLA is a trusted company with an established track record that continues to demonstrate expertise in their field and the ability to deliver a high quality product.  I would not hesitate to use SLA for future projects and highly recommend their services.

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