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Contractors to join dedication of NOAA homeport

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 17th, 2011


Construction of the new $38 million homeport for NOAA’s Pacific research fleet involved a collaboration between Coos Bay-based West Coast Contractors and Andersen Construction, which has offices in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Community leaders say the facility will boost Newport’s economy, and enhance its marine education and cultural heritage. (Photo courtesy of Andersen Construction)


The landmark dedication of NOAA’s recently completed Marine Operations Center-Pacific (MOC-P) will mark a major achievement for Newport and Oregon as leading maritime centers. Community leaders say the new $38 million home to NOAA’s Pacific Fleet brings hundreds of scientists, meteorologists, officers and maritime professionals to the area, along with new civilian jobs and an important boost to Newport’s economic, academic and cultural heritage.

The high-profile project was built as a joint venture between West Coast Contractors (WCC) and Andersen Construction, with Andersen providing the on-land construction efforts, and West Coast Contractors providing the highly complex pile-driving and in- and over-water portions of the project.

Based in Coos Bay, WCC is a general contractor with experience in a comprehensive line of marine construction services, such as dredging, pile-driving, demolition, pile excavation and bridge construction. Andersen is a construction manager and general contractor that excels in technically challenging projects. With offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, Andersen’s portfolio includes experience in high tech, commercial, retail, cultural, educational, medical and government structures including seismic upgrades and remediation.

“The in-water work portion of the project was a challenging portion of this venture. Multiple operations needed to occur concurrently and methodically to ensure schedule and quality,” said Tim Smith, West Coast Contractors construction manager. “Our thorough approach, paired with cutting-edge technology and equipment, both researched, acquired and developed internally, enabled West Coast Contractors to ensure effective coordination, targeting and completion of this highly complex and critically important project.”

The “state-of-the-art research facility” features a 1,300-foot long pier that can accommodate up to six ocean-going ships, two 260-foot long trestles connecting the pier to shore, an 18,000-square-foot administrative building, 25,000 square feet of warehouse space, a hazardous materials building, security building, access roads, walkways and parking for 183 vehicles.

The pier will provide berths for four NOAA ships - the McArthur III, Miller Freeman, Rainer and Bell M. Shimada - and can support two more visiting vessels. About 175 employees, including more than 110 officers, will work at the facility.

The high-tech administration building features advanced weather forecasting equipment and also includes a museum room for the public which details two hundred years of history with models of ships, books, uniforms, compasses and wheels.

The facility was built on a five-acre site along the south bank of Yaquina Bay in the South Beach area of Newport.

Officials from West Coast Contractors and Andersen will attend the dedication, including David Kronsteiner, CEO and president of West Coast Contractors.

“We are very proud of the way the NOAA project turned out, and are thrilled to see the positive effects that will come to the City of Newport and the residents living there,” Kronsteiner said.

The two-day event scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 will include high-profile dignitaries, a ribbon cutting, an open house and tours. A host of high-ranking officers, senators, congressmen and the governor are expected to attend. Newport’s ideal location, excellent harbor site, transportation systems, community resources, quality of life, and accomplished academic community helped Newport win the highly prized selection as new home to NOAA’s Pacific operations.



For the complete article see the 08-17-2011 issue.

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