After Hurricane Ike severely affected many waterfront facilities at the U.S. Coast Guard base in Galveston, the Coast Guard partnered with Clark Nexsen’s marine engineers to design and develop bridging documents, specifications, and a design-build request for proposal package to repair impacted facilities. Collocated on approximately 27 acres, this U.S. Coast Guard base shares space with several other units including Station (STA) Galveston, Aids-to-Navigation Team (ANT) Galveston, and six Coast Guard cutters.

With only the existing concrete piers avoiding significant damage, our marine design team developed a waterfront basic concept as part of the RFP, which included the demolition of the existing wave screen in order to construct a larger, stronger wave screen capable of sheltering additional boats. Inside the wave screen, the concept included a bulkhead for loading and unloading of buoys, modifications and improvements to an existing concrete pier, over 3,500 square feet of precast concrete floating dock for the berthing of various sizes boats from 25-foot to 55-foot, a fueling area, fixed timber piers, covered moorings for 45-foot boats, and a boat ramp within the protected basin. As part of the project, we completed approximately 35% design of the waterfront structures in order to aid in the permitting process.

This project also included phased demolition of most of the existing structures. As part of the RFP, new structures include an administration building, services building, unaccompanied personnel housing building, new boat storage facility, hazardous material building, new courtyard, and various parking areas and lay down areas throughout the site.