CSX Fairburn Intermodal


Ames Construction expanded a CSX intermodal facility in Fairburn, Georgia, in a project that required a high level of collaboration and partnering with the project owner and designer, meticulous scheduling and phasing, and careful coordination to mitigate impacts to the facility.

In a first for CSX, the company awarded Ames a preconstruction services contract using the CMAR (Construction Management-At-Risk) delivery method. This collaborative approach allowed Ames to work closely with CSX and its chosen design team to conduct constructability reviews, cost estimates, schedule evaluations, and value engineering in the early stages of the project. The alternative delivery method also helped Ames meet an aggressive, schedule-critical completion date by overlapping the phases of design and construction with early start packages.

Working around ongoing facility operations throughout construction, Ames crews reconfigured terminal infrastructure, performing excavations and installing pipe, track, electrical, and communication systems. All work was completed with short-term incremental track closures, allowing the project owner to maintain container throughput.

Markets: Railroad, Intermodal, Class I Rail, Ports and Terminals

Location: Fairburn, Georgia

Client: CSX Intermodal Terminals Inc.

Completion: May 2019

Delivery: CMAR (Construction Management-At-Risk)


  • Earthwork
  • Mechanical
  • Utilities


  • 157,000 hours with no recordable injuries

2020 Top Projects Award
Category: Class I: New Construction (Rail)
Railway Track & Structures (RT&S) magazine