Philadelphia Regional Port Authority


Philadelphia, PA


Aviation & Ports: Waterside


Design: Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical/HVAC Engineering, Plumbing, Piping, Fire Protection, Structural Engineering

Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center

As part of a multi-year task order contract, STV was contracted by the Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort) to provide architectural and engineering design services for the 155-acre Southport Auto Terminal and Vehicle Processing Center (VPC). This state-of-the-art facility receives and processes more than 200,000 vehicles from Korea and Mexico per year. From there, the vehicles are shipped out to various dealerships across the East Coast.

STV’s designs consists of a state-of-the-art body shop including two car washes with two double prep stations and two joined double paint booths. The new facility is capable of servicing 200 cars per hour and fully processing more than 1,000 cars daily. The VPC is the first terminal to be opened by PhilaPort in more than 45 years. The facility was protected against flooding by raising the entire site five feet, placing it well above the 100-year floodplain. Additionally, the VPC contains a dedicated 1,000-square-foot training room, a 625-square-foot combination conference/training room, a 3,200-square-foot multi-purpose room that serves as an additional training area, and explosion-proof paint storage.

Award Icon Project Recognition

2021 Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence -  Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities
American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania