A rendering of what the redesigned St. Herman Harbor will look like a little more than a year from now. On Thursday, the Kodiak City Council approved 9.8 million dollars for construction of the upland facilities, underwater piers and other associated infrastructure that will allow the 600-ton travel lift to pluck boats out of the water and operate. (Photo courtesy City of Kodiak).
council on Thursday approved a contract with Seattle-based Pacific Pile and
Marine for 9.8 million dollars, with 1.7 million of that to be included in next
year’s supplemental budget. City Manager Linda Freed explained how the funding
Kodiak City Council has pumped another 9.8-million dollars into a large vessel
travel lift and boat yard project for St. Herman harbor that’s on schedule to
be complete by fall of 2009. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
1 :19s “…project
cost is 9.8 million.”)
Pile and Marine will be building the associated infrastructure for a large
vessel travel lift purchased by the city in April, and expected to arrive in
Kodiak next year. The construction project will include in-water piers for the
travel lift to drive on when it picks boats out of the water, a utility
building, and a wash-down slab. For now it won’t include a bulkhead dock, which
would allow lightering of vessels that exceed the travel lift’s 600-ton
capacity. The bulkhead dock was bid as a deductive alternate for the project
just in case funds weren’t available to award the base bid.
Pacific Pile and
Marine’s base bid of 12.1-million dollars was about 3-and-a-half million over
the engineer’s estimate. Two other companies, American Civil Constructors West
Coast and Ruskin Construction, bid 12.4 and 15-million dollar respectively.
Freed says a variety of factors probably contributed to the discrepancy between
the bids and the estimate.
(Freed 2 :39s “…the
demand that’s out there.”)
Still, the city
council unanimously approved the bid award. Councilman Jack Maker said the lift
would create jobs and attract boats from all over Alaska and the west coast
that currently go to other ports for repairs.
(Maker 1 :18s “…you’d
think would be done here.”)
critics of the project, like Councilman Terry Haines, say it will benefit the
(Haines 1 :07s “…going
to work out for Kodiak.”)
portions project could begin later this summer. Puglia Engineering of Tacoma,
Washington has been selected to operate the travel lift, which is being built
by Marine Travelift of Wisconsin.
I’m Casey Kelly.