Railhead Expansion/Container and Deployment Processing Facilities, Camp Atterbury JMTC

Tetra Tech prepared full design-bid-build documents for construction of the new railhead at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.


  • Size: 65 acres
  • Construction Cost: $26,233,000
  • Client/Owner: Indiana National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
  • Architect: Mead & Hunt
  • Contractor: Milestone Contractors, LP
  • Completion Date: 2014

Camp Atterbury is a federally owned, state-operated mobilization station for the National Guard Bureau and serves as the Joint Maneuver Training Center for the Indiana National Guard, as well as other U.S. Reserve component forces. Camp Atterbury was selected by First Army to support all Reserve Force pre-deployment training as a power generation platform (PGP) installation. To meet the requirements to operate as a PGP, the railhead had to be capable of deploying an Infantry Brigade Combat Team within 3 days, requiring a railcar deployment capability of 112 railcars per day. The original Camp Atterbury railhead was capable of deploying only 40 railcars per day, and its vehicle marshalling and container storage areas were located remotely from the railhead, reducing throughput capabilities.

The project was awarded to Tetra Tech through a National Guard Bureau contract. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Louisville District managed the project through 35 percent of the design phase, at which point the National Guard assumed management of the project.

The design phase was funded as two projects. The Railhead Expansion and Container Facility project consisted of designing nine new loading tracks designed in accordance with UFC 4-860-01FA, concrete end loading ramps, vehicle marshalling and staging areas, high-mast lighting, access roads, container storage and transfer pads, and a rail operations building. The Deployment Processing Facility project involved designing a processing building and a scale house building, along with associated vehicle staging areas equipped with high-mast lighting.

Tetra Tech designed rain gardens and bioswales to meet site compliance per Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. In addition, to minimize the amount of stream required to be mitigated off-site in accordance with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), the team configured the railhead so only 1,000 linear feet of stream classified as “Waters of the United States” would be impacted, allowing for a USACE Regional General Permit and an IDEM Individual 201 Water Quality Permit, which cut nine months from the permit approval process.

Tetra Tech was also awarded the construction phase services, for which we provided a full-time, on-site construction manager.