Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Everett Improvements Move Forward

By Karen Robes Meeks

The third phase of the Central Marina Improvements project at the Port of Everett moved forward last week. The commission awarded a nearly $6.5 million building contract to American Construction Company, Inc.

According to the port, the work, which is expected to get underway next month and be completed by May 2019, will include: deepening the eastern portion of the Central Marina, building a new Guest Dock 5 and activity float at Fisherman’s Harbor, erecting a new K-Dock to serve yacht-class vessels and a L-dock for the commercial fishing fleet with floats from current P-Dock.

Awarding the contract was a major milestone for the port. “The elements of this project are critical for implementing the Port’s vision of a mixed-use waterfront that creates synergies between the upland properties and the marina,” said Port Commission President Glen Bachman.

The Port’s Acting CEO Lisa Lefeber commended the port staff for its work in navigating the many challenges that culminated in this approval.

“From developing a process for new marina permitting dredging, to unforeseen permitting hiccups, to new dock designs… this project has had them all,” she said. “I want to recognize our Environmental Director Erik Gerking for leading the regulatory process to secure our marina dredging permit, our Permitting Specialist Laura Gurley for leading the effort with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Project Manager Brandon Whitaker for pulling all the pieces together.”