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for Des Moines residents and Marina tenants/visitors.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Project Status Update/Message from Contract Administrator

Dear Marina Neighbors, Tenants and Other Interested Parties:

I had hoped to be able to provide an early December status update informing you that the North Marina Combined Projects work had been deemed substantially complete with only a few punch list items remaining. Unfortunately, the snow right before Thanksgiving and the “Pineapple Express” rains that followed did not provide the opportunity for IMCO General Construction/subcontractors to accomplish asphalt paving as hoped. So where do we stand today?

  • Asphalt Paving: Paving of project parking lot and right of way areas was completed this past Monday morning. Striping will follow completion of the landscaping activities, but is weather dependent.
  • Irrigation/Landscaping: Irrigation mainlines have been installed and successfully tested; lateral irrigation lines are approximately 90+% complete. Compost/topsoil was delivered to the site Monday and is being installed in the various planting areas. Planting is scheduled to start later this week and should be complete by the end of next week.
  • Tenant access to N-Dock and West Dry Shed: Direct/unescorted access to the new N-Dock security enclosure and the west side of the western dry shed will be restored when the construction fencing in the south project area is removed at the end of this week.
  • Removal of Contractor Facilities, Equipment and Material: The remaining IMCO office trailer is scheduled to be removed today, thus allowing through access on Dock Avenue South by the end of the week. Please exercise caution while utilizing Dock Avenue, as drivers will again be sharing this right of way with construction equipment and pedestrians. The construction fencing is expected to remain throughout north project areas until the parking lot and right of ways are striped and may safely be used by the public. (Again, striping is the last major activity and is weather dependent, so I hesitate to provide an estimated date.)

With the completion of construction right around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the project and for your patience with the inevitable inconveniences that accompany major construction. It has been my pleasure to be in communication with you over the past 14 months and to meet many of you personally. Although my involvement with this project will continue for awhile longer, my time spent onsite will be much reduced. Beginning this week, I will be onsite approximately one day per week, but will monitor project emails daily. Questions about the project may be directed to Joe Dusenbury, Harbormaster/Project Manager ( or 206-824-5700).

Wishing you Happy Holidays!

Doreen Torseth
Contract Administrator
North Marina Combined Projects
City of Des Moines Marina


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sewer Pump-Out Connected

The sewer pump-out line has been re-connected.  Please stop by the Marina's Fuel Dock to utilize service.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No Construction Work at Marina Thanksgiving Week

Due to extreme weather and road conditions, there will be no construction work at Des Moines Marina this week.  IMCO General Construction Inc. and their subcontractors plan to be onsite again Monday, November 29.

Questions?  Please contact the Marina Office (206.824.5700) or Doreen Torseth (206.794.5372).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

UPDATE: Dry Shed Launch Pier - Temporary Closure

UPDATE (Wednesday, November 17):
The dry shed sling launch will remain out of service a few more days in order to allow the new concrete sidewalk to harden further prior to allowing vehicle/trailer access to the launch pier.  If dry shed tenants would like to launch/retrieve a boat prior to Monday, November 22, please contact the Marina Office (206-824-5700).

Due to sidewalk construction along the bulkhead, the dry shed sling launch will be out of service from Thursday, November 11, through Tuesday, November 16.  If you have any questions, please contact the Marina Office (206-824-5700).

Guest Moorage/N-Dock Access Changes

Due to sidewalk construction along the bulkhead in front of the Marina Office, the existing guest moorage gangway will be removed Thursday, November 11.  Once the existing gangway has been removed, guest moorage and N-Dock tenants may access the docks via the new N-Dock security enclosure at the top of the bulkhead/just south of the dry shed sling launch pier.

Please contact the Marina Office (206-824-5700) or Doreen Torseth (206-794-5372) if you have questions or need assistance.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Project Status Update

“It’s starting to look less like a war zone and more like a marina again!” I can’t tell you how many times we have heard this comment or something similar from people walking by or through the Des Moines Marina this past month. And it is true; the final product is clearly taking shape.

Listed below are the highlights of the work performed by IMCO General Construction and their subcontractors during the month of October.

  • Installation and tensioning of the final four permanent ground anchors completed the structural elements of the new steel sheet pile/concrete pile cap bulkhead.
  • A single 63’ long steel guide pile was installed at the end of the L-Dock/Classic Yachts finger pier.
  • Assembly of the new guest moorage activity float was accomplished this past month. Three steel guide piles were installed along the east edge of this float system. New lighted power pedestals line the activity float’s east and west sides. A walkway along the center of the float is now open to allow access to the existing north guest moorage floats. The new 80 foot gangway was set in place at the north end of the activity float which will provide much easier access to the guest moorage area in all tidal conditions. Completion of the on-dock utilities and fire suppression system will take place in November.
  • At the top of the bulkhead above the guest moorage area, the new promenade is beginning to take shape. Two beautiful stamped concrete compass roses flanking the north and south ends of this area have been completed. Surrounding each of the compass roses are concrete multi-height seat walls. All along the bulkhead new lighting has been installed. In the next several weeks, work will be accomplished to tie this entire area together with sidewalks and landscaping. The new promenade area will soon provide a true gathering place for Marina visitors of all ages whether they arrive by water or by land.

Installation of sidewalks, irrigation, landscaping and asphalt paving will soon complete the North Marina Combined Projects body of work. Although several of these activities are weather-dependent, with bad weather potentially causing delayed completion of the activity, each week should find the area less occupied by construction equipment and looking again more like a marina.

Thank you for your continued patience throughout this past year of construction at the north end of the Des Moines Marina. Please be patient just a short while longer…. The final product will be worth it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Extended Work Hours Notification - Saturday, November 6

IMCO General Construction has received permission to perform tidally influenced work from 8:30 p.m., Saturday, November 6, through 12:30 a.m., Sunday, November 7.

The location of the tidally influenced work is at the new travel lift pier between M- and N-Docks.  The travel lift pier ladder has a stabilization brace that is to be welded to the steel pipe pile at an elevation of -2.0 feet MLLW.  In order to weld the brace, the tide must be lower than -2.0 feet for a period of several hours.  The low tide this coming Saturday night will be -2.9 feet MLLW at 11:51 p.m.

IMCO will have a project manager and welder onsite.  Equipment that will be used in this specific piece of work include a generator/welder unit and two work lights.

Approval for extended work hours include the following conditions:
  1. The Contractor is required to comply with all noise requirements established by the City's Municipal Code and WAC 173-60; and
  2. Construction lighting shall be directed away from the residential areas and limited to lighting needed to safely illuminate the work zone as established by industry standards.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Doreen Torseth (206-794-5372) or the Marina Office (206-824-5700).