Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Santa Teresa Facility - Santa Teresa, NM

Just outside Santa Teresa, NM. The UPRR constructed a new rail facility, Santa Teresa. This new rail yard consists of a run-through fueling facility, intermodal yard and block swap yard. The estimated construction costs were approximately $400 million for this 11.5 mile long, 0.8 mile wide, 2,200 acre facility.

Wilson & Company served as the prime consultant responsible for all engineering services including design, permitting and construction inspection.

Facility Includes:

  • 23 buildings/structures including 2 LEED silver certified office buildings
  • 6 locomotive fueling islands
  • Inspection pit
  • 8 automated gate lanes
  • Renewable energy feature - Grid tied solar power system (approximately 135kW)
  • 2 industrial waste treatment plants
  • Repair and maintenance pads
  • Union Pacific Railroad owned 23 kV to 12.47 kV substation with two transformers and flexible switching to allow transformers and primary feeders to be switched to bypass failed equipment
  • Yard distribution consists of a 12.47 kV underground loop, with switching, splice pedestals, and a mid-yard cross-tie feeder to allow failed sections of primary cable to be bypassed
  • Facility wide fire alarm system, using a dedicated fiber optic backbone for communication
  • A facility-wide SCADA system, using Allen-Bradley PLCs, desktop PCs running Wonderware, and a control fiber optic network for communication

Fast facts:

  • 44 miles of track
  • 16.6 miles of county roads
  • 115,144 tons of asphalt
  • 212,000 tons of concrete
  • 1,166 intermodal parking spaces
  • 5.8 million cubic yards of soil moved to construct this project
  • 13 miles of underground duct bank
  • 668 underground handholes
  • Estimated demand of 7.5 megawatts
  • 156 high mast poles
  • 45 pad mount transformers
  • 26 standby generators
Union Pacific Railroad
  • 2013 NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) Chairman’s Award
  • 2014 Dr. William Hay Award
  • ACEC (National) – Honor Award 
  • 2015 ACEC NM Engineering Excellence Award Large Firm
  • 2015 ACEC NE Engineering Excellence Award