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New Harbor Project                                                           City of Valdez Photo

The City of Valdez New Harbor Development Project is a multi-year, phased project to build a new harbor basin and upland facilities on the south side of the old Hotel Hill site. The new harbor will include docks/moorage capacity, vehicle parking lot, additional vessel launch ramps, and support services. New access roads and pedestrian walkways will be included to provide increased waterfront accessibility.

PROJECT BENEFITS
• Increased moorage capacity
• Additional launch ramps
• Greater waterfront access for boaters and the non-boating public
• Additional local economic activity
• Opportunity for service industry development and support for the fishing industry

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Phase 2 Uplands Facilities and Inner Harbor Facilities - Phase 2 contractor, Pacific Pile & Marine (PPM) and subcontractors, continued posting submittals and shop drawings for the R&M design team to review. The Bilge Treatment building fire sprinkler piping and mechanical ducting were installed, electrical conduit and cable were installed, Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) panels were installed on interior walls, man doors were installed, and the sheetrock ceiling was taped. The sheetrock, sprinkler piping and ductwork were primed and painted. The Restroom building siding, roofing and eaves were completed; batt insulation, vapor barrier, sheetrock and FRP were installed on interior walls; frames and doors were installed; mechanical fixtures, electrical lighting and trim were started; grab bars and toilet accessories are being installed. No work was performed on the Warehouse building. The structural steel and panels for the Warehouse building, delayed by flooding in Texas, have shipped and are scheduled for delivery to the site by mid-December. Building contractors plan to stop work in mid-December and install bilge treatment and other equipment next year when they resume work on the Warehouse.

DESIGN
Phase 2 is a single contract package consisting of Uplands Facilities (warehouse building, east restroom, bilge treatment facility, paving and landscaping) and Inner Harbor components (removal of in-water rock, piling, floats, pedestrian ramps, drive-down bridge and float). R&M continued: reviewing material and shop drawing submittals, responding to Requests for Information (RFIs) and clarifications of construction documents, and performing engineering inspections for construction of the uplands buildings.

USACE NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS
The USACE is administering the Western Marine Construction (WMC) contract for dredging the navigation channel and float basin and construction of the breakwaters. The USACE contracted for a second hydrographic survey to resolve some discrepancies encountered in the survey that WMC submitted. The USACE unofficially communicated that dredging and breakwater work will be accepted but they and WMC have not finalized the dredge and rock quantities. R&M is reviewing preliminary data from the second survey to validate the bid quantities of rock and sediment removal in the City’s Phase 2 Inner Harbor scope of work. The USACE has indicated the remainder of the basin would be turned over to the COV before the end of December. Arcadis has received updated financial information from the USACE and continues coordinating for closeout of the USACE contract with the COV.

PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS
• Installed insulation, hung and taped sheetrock, installed FRP, and doors in Restroom building.
• Taped and painted sheetrock, installed FRP, and doors in Bilge Treatment building
• Installed sprinkler piping in Bilge Treatment building and mechanical ducts and fans in Bilge and Restroom buildings
• Started electrical lighting and mechanical fixtures for Bilge Treatment and Restroom buildings
• Continued fabrication of mooring float and drive-down float components at Seattle area shops
• Received response to Request for Proposal (RFP) for Fuel Facility


FUTURE MILESTONES
• Activate electrical service to the Bilge Treatment and Restroom buildings
• Complete installation of toilet fixtures, lighting and trim
• Start inspecting mooring and drive-down float sections assembled at Seattle area shops
• Receive USACE turnover of Inner Harbor construction area to the City
• Receive approved re-survey of the basin from the USACE
• Closeout COV contract with USACE for the dredging and breakwater work
• Evaluate response to Request for Proposal (RFP) for Fuel Facility


QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ron Rozak
Construction Manager
ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.
(907) 382-2933
Laura Langdon
Capital Facilities Project Manager
City of Valdez            
(907) 835-5478