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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN construction), the more value it is able to create for clients. From the outset of the project, design, manufacture and construction expertise is brought to bear upon all components. Constructability and operating expense are evaluated against initial cost to optimise lifecycle costs. Very few public agencies are able to utilise a design/build approach. The charter of the City of Long Beach, however, allows the City to use a best-value selection process when the project involves a revenue-producing asset. The City has used this process with parking garages, so it recognised the value of a design/build contractor. Price was part of the scoring, but so were experience, product longevity, schedule, financial strength and warranty. “It turned out that we were the low-price bidder as well,” said Noegel, “but the City’s ability to evaluate the entire proposal, not just price, sets this project apart.” Design/build provides two advantages: a streamlined organisation and the flexibility to respond to changes and unanticipated events. These attributes enabled the team to solve Rounded finger ends, smart dock boxes, Eaton power pedestals and an attractive combination of concrete and timber give Alamitos Bay a radical new look. problems, make timely decisions and keep the project on track. Hallinan was the team leader. The team praised her management and communications skills and plain hard work. Everyone credited good teamwork for the project’s success. Ed Heaton was Bellingham Marine’s project manager early in the project. “What stands out,” said Heaton, “is the close interaction that came out of the design development process. If we thought it would help, Bellingham would suggest, ‘this might work out better,’ or, ‘here’s where your costs are.’ The others would listen and work with us to get the end product the City wanted.” Encouraging teamwork The City hired TranSystems Corporation as project manager and to manage the RFP process. TranSystems and the City of Long Beach saw the benefits of the best-value bid process and wrote the RFP accordingly. Long product life and low maintenance were important because the City wanted to avoid rebuilding again for as long as possible. The subs included the engineer of record, Moffatt & Nichol, the dock system engineer, Redpoint Systems, and the key construction sub, Manson Corporation for dredging and pile driving. Bellingham Marine was selected as prime, in part for their design/build capabilities. “Not many contractors can perform that function on a project that includes both landside and waterside improvements,” said Steve Schmucker, senior project manager at TranSystems. “Bellingham Marine could definitely handle it. It was a timely choice and made good sense financially.” Work scheduling was critical. During the transition from smaller to larger slips Bellingham Marine’s engineering staff maintained control of the design and determined feasibility, provided layout options, checked clearances in fairways and came up with workarounds for environmental matters. Decision-making flexibility extended to the colour of shoreside toilet facilities. When local homeowners saw the planned exterior colour they rebelled. The team let them submit ideas and a colour proposed by the homeowners was adopted. Dredging and disposal The challenging aspect of dredging was where to dispose of sediment. Clean material can be barged out to sea and deposited in a controlled, unconfined area on the sea floor. If the material is contaminated or hazardous, options narrow. Drying the material and hauling it to a hazardous waste facility is costly. Mercury found in some sediment was in all likelihood from nearby industrial run-off. Luckily for Alamitos Bay, the Port of Long Beach owned a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) and agreed to take the material within a limited time window. The stops and starts put the City in danger of losing access to the CDF. Josh Burnham of Anchor QEA, the project’s environmental consultant, helped negotiate additional access to the CDF. 40 - January/February 2018

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