Art Anderson Associates has held naval architecture and marine engineering contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for more than twenty-five years, and have been responsible for successfully completing hundreds of tasks in support of the NOAA Pacific and Atlantic fleets. Through the course of these contracts, we've gained unparalleled understanding of the unique needs and characteristics of research vessels. Our work on NOAA tasks has included a number of general science mission requirements, including:

  • Winches and Trawl Equipment, including foundations, structures and rigging systems
  • Bottom and Floating Net Equipment
  • Hydroacoustic Equipment
  • Overside Handling Equipment, including masts, booms, davits, frames and handling gear
  • Additional Handling Equipment, including scientific data gathering systems like sampling devices, sonar systems, ROVs and a host of specialized systems
  • Laboratories, including both wet and dry laboratories

In addition to providing our services for these science mission systems, we have a wealth of experience in designing conventional shipboard systems within the context of a research vessel envelope. This experience includes new and renovation designs for:

  • Vessel Arrangements
  • Propulsion and Steering Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Seawater and Freshwater Piping and Cooling Systems
  • Electrical Power and Lighting Systems
  • Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems
  • Sewage, Bilge and Graywater Systems
  • Ballast, Fuel Oil and Potable Water Systems
  • Masts, Bulkheads and Other Ship Structures
  • Pilothouse/Bridge Equipment and Systems
  • Office and Food Service Equipment and Systems
  • Life Safety Equipment
  • Vessel Trim and Stability
  • Vessel Hull Form and Powering

While NOAA has shifted away from use of IDIQ contracts for these services, Art Anderson Associates continues to support the agency through task orders under our active GSA Schedule contract.

AAA provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the $7.45M refurbishment of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry TUSTUMENA. The scope of work for the refurbishment project includes Electrical Distribution System transformer and shore power station upgrades; Clean Power system modifications; Propulsion Control system upgrades; Alarm and Monitoring System upgrades; design for emergency generator replacement; ADA Improvements to First Aid Room, Purser station and Dining Room; passenger and crew spaces improvements; fire pump replacement; OWS replacement; MSD upgrades; passenger elevator upgrades; significant steel replacement for vehicle deck and lift, tank and ship preservation coating renewal; and stability assessment, sea trial, overhaul and drydocking.

AAA prepared a Design Study Report, developed the PS&E shipyard contract technical design package, provided bid phase technical support, and construction phase support. Our services during the construction phase, which is currently underway, include review of condition found reports and issue resolution, review of shipyard-proposed drawing changes and shop drawings associated with the work package, development of test memoranda and test result reports, review of material procurement specifications and resolution of questions, technical review of equipment manuals and operating instructions, on-site assessment of work progress, technical support for review of stability documentation, update of electrical drawings and analyses to depict the final installed condition, an updated Fire Control Plan, a revised weight estimate, and all PM, Quality Assurance and administrative support for these tasks.  

Art Anderson Associates provided Housing Kitsap (formerly the Kitsap Consolidated Housing Authority) construction management services for this $25 million, multi-agency government facility. Services included owner's site representation, assistance negotiating change order pricing, coordination with City Public Works division and local utility companies, frequent KCCHA management updates on potential construction cost impacts to the project budget and schedule monitoring/management. We served as the primary interface with all government tenants, including Congressman Norm Dicks, the City of BremertonKitsap County Health DistrictKitsap County Offices, and the Bremerton Housing Authority for design and construction of tenant improvements in a cost-effective and timely manner. The project was completed in 2004.

Art Anderson Associates is engaged in a project to survey lifesaving equipment throughout the fleet of Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferries and recommend an upgrade strategy. The project goal is improving the safety of passengers and crew members through evaluations of the effectiveness of the current lifesaving equipment, exploring alternative strategies and scenarios, and preparing the work packages (plans, specifications, and cost estimates) for modification of the vessels.

Systems surveyed include structural, electrical, and hydraulic systems; lifeboats, davits, and cradles; service/work boats, davits, and cradles; means of rescue equipment; and life rafts. Mr. Marty McKay, Art Anderson Associates' Project Manager, conducted nine shipchecks to evaluate the condition of the existing equipment, which was documented in the project's Design Study Report. These shipchecks included a detailed walkthrough of the vessel to document equipment conditions with notes and photographs, and interviewing ship's personnel to understand the challenges they face in the operation of the equipment.

One of the challenges encountered included the difficulty of training crew, particularly relief crews, on the nuances of equipment that is different from ship to ship. Other challenges include maintaining an adequate spare parts inventory, maintaining the condition of the equipment, and obtaining necessary service and parts for continued operation. It was quickly identified that standardizing the equipment fleet-wide, as much as possible, will assist in meeting these challenges. The prioritization of US sources for equipment was also a means to alleviate these concerns, due to more cost-effective service, availability of spare parts, and improved responsiveness compared with foreign sources.

Upon completion of the surveys, an extensive review of applicable regulatory requirements for lifesaving equipment was conducted, and included SOLAS and CFR regulations. Three primary strategies were developed and analyzed for cost-effectiveness, including refurbishing existing equipment, replacing existing with a fleet-wide standard in kind, and aligning equipment with regulations and standardizing fleet-wide as much as practicable.

All documentation of the condition of equipment, identification of alternatives, and the associated cost estimates were submitted in the final Design Study Report. Current efforts involve developing the work packages for the modifications and obtaining necessary ABS approval.

Art Anderson Associates currently holds a construction management Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) contract with the US National Park Service (NPS), Pacific West Region. Under this contract, Art Anderson Associates provides Construction Management Representatives to manage NPS projects, serving as the technical liaison between the construction contractor, the Contracting Officer's Representative and the Contracting officer. Our Construction Management Representatives are responsible for ensuring satisfactory performance and delivery of the final product under the construction contract.

The scope of services on this contract depends on the specific needs of a project assignment, but include:

  • Leading pre-construction conferences
  • Assistance in processing and reviewing contractor shop drawings
  • Monitoring of contractor schedule and budget
  • Regular reporting on project progress
  • Processing Requests for Information (RFIs)
  • Technical inspections of work for compliance with drawings, specs and contract
  • Assistance in resolving project issues and construction/design deficiencies
  • Review and monitoring of contractor quality control program
  • Leading project close-out
  • Project claims analysis
  • Other similar services as necessary

As an indefinite quantity contract, projects are assigned on an as-needed basis. Tasks assigned on this contract include:

Hagerman Fossil Beds Boundary Fencing

This project involves installation, repair and replacement of 12 miles of smooth, barbed wire and split rail cedar fencing in Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument near Twin Falls, Idaho. Art Anderson Associates provided the services of a CM Inspector to review, monitor and inspect the work of the construction contractor for progress, workmanship and general conformance with the construction contract documents and permit conditions. Specifically, our Inspector was responsible for reviewing RFI submittals, developing and maintaining a submittal log, participating in the pre-construction meeting, inspecting the work during construction, reviewing and reconciling the contractor's QC reports for contract compliance, monitoring contractor's schedule, assisting in dispute resolution, confirming completion of the final inspection punchlist and ensuring that the contractor reports on its use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

Crater Lake Sewer and Water Projects

For this multi-project task, we provided Construction Project Management Services for two projects at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The first was replacement of the Garfield water tank liner and construction of new valves and water lines. The second was for construction of a new sewage grinder facility and modifications to the Munson Sewer Lagoon, including removal of sludge, deepening of the pond, modifications to inlet/outlet structures and installation of a liner.

Our primary role was providing on-site inspection and office services in support of the projects. Our on-site inspector participated in weekly meetings, prepared meeting minutes, performed and documented site inspections, and provided technical assistance and support to the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative. This support included drafting RFPs, preparing cost estimates, assisting in RFI processing, reviewing QC reports, verifying record drawing updates, assisting in dispute resolution, providing claims support and verifying all required O&M manuals, warranties, guarantees, and close out requirements are complete and in compliance with the contract documents.

Art Anderson Associates was retained by the City and County of Honolulu to develop a demonstration intra-island ferry operation service on Oahu. The scope of work included carrying out the feasibility study, market analysis, environmental impact, assessment of public awareness, development of an operational profile, definition of suitable vessels, negotiation with potential operators, and monitoring of the project's performance for 12 months after the beginning of the operation. Art Anderson Associates was also involved with the funding process by reviewing and offering input to the City during the application process for federal funding.

Art Anderson Associates led the development of a business plan to provide high-speed passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor. The Whatcom Council of Governments, in partnership with the Port of Bellingham and the Port of Friday Harbor envision the ferry service as a critical commercial link between the two thriving communities. The plan builds on the results of a demonstration service, which operated in the winter months of 2005-2006.

The business plan encompassed all aspects of the prospective service, addressing its viability, operations and impact on the local economy. Art Anderson Associates utilized its proprietary FerryPro™ software to develop an operational model and pro-forma financial statements. Our ridership and financial analyses established the baseline for service scheduling, pricing and compensation for the contracted operator.

An economic impact model was developed by our subconsultant, the Western Washington University Small Business Development Center, and we examined the economic "ripple effect" of the infusion of new jobs and the resultant commerce from the new connection between the cities. We also analyzed the cost of alternative travel, both in financial (ticket and travel cost) and environmental terms (greenhouse gas emissions). The result of our efforts is a firm foundation on which a successful service can be further developed, built and operated.

Art Anderson Associates provided construction management services under a term contract with the US General Services Administration, Region 10 for the $20 million seismic upgrade/rehabilitation of the historic 57,000-sq. ft. Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Art Anderson Associates' Project Representative facilitated resolutions and served as the point-of-contact for all owner design and construction issues. We also performed site reviews and managed the owner's construction budget and all special inspector contracts required.

The project entailed replacement of the building foundation with a state-of-the-art base isolation system to preserve the historic 1897 structure during a seismic event. The friction pendulum isolators, used for the first time in the Portland area, isolate the building from the earth, allowing it to move freely in an earthquake.

Rehabilitation work included preservation and reconditioning of historic features, including light fixtures, intricate plaster work, woodwork, wood flooring and office fireplaces. All mechanical, electrical, data/communication and security systems were replaced. Exterior improvements included sidewalk, entry steps and stone wall restoration. The basement level was lowered and a secure parking area for federal judges provided. Mechanical/Electrical system startup/commissioning was included in our task order.

The project has received a number of awards for construction and design excellence. Some of these awards include:

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GSA Schedule

GSA Schedule Contract

Art Anderson Associates proudly serves Federal clients through our GSA Schedule contract for Professional Engineering Services (SIN 871).  For more information about the services we can provide, please look us up on GSA Advantage! or review our current Schedule catalog.

Contract Number: GS-10F-0159U
Contract Period: 3/12/2013-3/11/2018