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New Harbor Project

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

The contractors corrected most of the Punchlist items noted during the Architectural Substantial Completion inspection and the Electrical and Mechanical engineers performed their inspections of the buildings. Zastrow installed the flagpole in the plaza area east of the Warehouse Building and decorative fish poles along the boardwalk. Zastrow also finished erecting structural timbers and roof decking for the east and west picnic canopies.

Pacific Pile and Marine (PPM) repaired the 450-ton crane and off-loaded materials from the second supply barge that arrived October 28 with Drive-down (DD) float modules, transfer bridge and pontoon, and the remaining materials that were stored in the Seattle area. Mooring floats were off-loaded to the water, assembled and staged for installation with piling after the DD Float is installed. DD float components were off-loaded to the uplands, assembled into modules and placed in the water for further assembly. Pilings were installed, and the pile cap welded for the DD bridge abutment. Placement of the 140-foot long bridge and support pontoon is now scheduled for mid-January.

Harris Sand and Gravel (HSG) continued installing piping for water systems on the head floats and main floats for the west two-thirds of the Mooring Basin. Puffin performed preliminary work for installation of electrical systems on the floats. Zastrow placed reinforced concrete for the footing and started placing forms and rebar for the bridge abutment retaining wall.



DESIGN TEAM - CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT

R&M continued reviewing submittals, responded to Requests for Information (RFIs), clarifications of construction documents and conflicts in the field. R&M resumed inspection of drilling and pile driving and provided inspection, sampling and testing of concrete for the abutment retaining wall. R&M coordinated with ADEC during review of design revisions that were submitted for water services from the Uplands to the floats.


USACE NAVIGATION IMPROVEMENTS

The USACE and City representatives met and discussed open items, the closeout process and the City’s financial obligations under the contract. The City will continue working with the USACE on closeout of the contract. The Coast Guard still needs to install the Aids to Navigation features for the new harbor.


PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS

Performed Substantial Completion inspections for building electrical and mechanical systems 
Erected the structural framing and roof decking for east and west picnic canopies
Installed piling and pile cap for DD bridge abutment
Started construction of concrete retaining wall for DD bridge abutment



FUTURE MILESTONES

Finish the concrete retaining wall for the DD bridge abutment
Install piling and rock anchors (and test tension) for DD bridge mooring frame 
Place the bridge, support pontoon, DD float and mooring piles 
Finish installing electrical and mechanical systems on mooring floats T, U, V and W
Install the piling, floats and gangway for the east portion of the Mooring Basin
Install electrical and mechanical systems on mooring floats R and S and the DD float
Closeout City’s contract with USACE for the dredging and breakwater work
Commission and test the Bilge Treatment equipment (after the mooring floats are completed)


If you have any questions, please contact:

Ron Rozak
Construction Manager
ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.
(907) 382-2933
Nathan Duval
Director of Capital Facilities
City of Valdez            
(907) 835-5478