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.

Art Anderson Associates was a subconsultant to Jacob’s Consultancy to provide ferry-specific expertise and planning services in support of a study for the Toronto Port Authority. The Port operates a small auto-passenger ferry system which connects the mainland with its island-based airport. With continued expansion and increasing traffic at the airport, the Port needed to investigate options for increasing capacity within a short timeline.

Art Anderson Associates met with Jacobs and the Port to brainstorm options for increasing capacity, and narrow options for analysis. We prepared preliminary designs, capacity estimates and cost estimates for a larger replacement auto ferry, second auto ferry and a passenger ferry. We then worked with Jacob’s and the client to identify the most viable option. The results were presented in a report to the Port, which is now proceeding to build a larger replacement vessel that will manage capacity in the years ahead.  

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 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 served as a subconsultant to Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates for this project to develop a comprehensive passenger-only ferry strategy for the central Puget Sound region in Washington State. The project sponsor, the Puget Sound Regional Council, is the designated metropolitan planning organization for the region, and is incorporating the study's results into its future planning efforts.

Our role on the project was to serve as the passenger ferry system expert, providing input regarding vessels, terminals, operations and governance. 14 existing and potential ferry routes were identified as needing in-depth analysis. Based on modeling assumptions provided by the client, AAA developed comprehensive operational profiles for each of the candidate routes. These profiles included a detailed cost analysis for capital and operating expenses, draft schedules designed to meet passenger demand and analysis of potential terminal locations. Other work included conducting a worldwide peer assessment designed to share industry best practices, analyzing environmental impacts and intermodal connectivity, and supporting the consultant team and client's questions with expert ferry system knowledge.

For more information, including access to project documents, visit the project's page on the PSRC website.

Art Anderson Associates completed design of a new dredge vessel for Pacifica, a Seattle-based vehicle assembler. The 50-foot vessel was  delivered to a customer for gold dredging operations in the coastal waters of Alaska near Nome.

Our naval architects and marine engineers were engaged in December, 2011 to develop the dredge design concept in to a complete design for construction. In the first phase, we developed a computer-based model of the vessel based on the concept drawings, and employed the model as the basis for initial hydrostatic and weight calculations. In Phase II, we developed construction drawings for the hull and superstructure, and finalized the weight and stability calculations. In the project’s final phase, the team provided fuel, water and controls drawings and design support. The vessel was designed specifically to meet the unique requirements of sub-surface dredging operations in the remote coastal waters of the Bering Sea, and is powered by twin 300HP Yamaha outboards. It features a custom-designed bow for cutting through the rough seas and all pump, sluice and crane systems to conduct its gold dredging mission.

The project was delivered on time and under budget.

AAA provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for upgrades to the Clackamas County ferry MJ LEE II, which carries motorists and pedestrians across the Willamette River near the town of Canby. AAA was the original designer of the ferry, which has a carrying capacity of nine automobiles and 49 passengers. As part of this original contract, AAA prepared a complete design package for the new vessel, as well as additional site modifications to accommodate it.

The scope of work for the propulsion overhaul project included a complete replacement of the electro-hydraulic z-drive system with a fully-electric system, modifications to hydraulic systems to use vegetable oil, installation of an air conditioning unit for the pilothouse, new mooring fittings and electrical system improvements. AAA prepared concept and preliminary designs, addressing propulsion machinery, arrangements, hydraulic and electrical systems, and fire main and bilge piping systems. Subsequently, AAA prepared the complete shipyard contract technical design package for the modifications, which included plans, specifications, cost and weight estimates, stability documents, and which incorporated USCG comments. During the bid and construction phase, AAA responded to technical inquiries, issued formal addenda, performed submittal reviews, conducted site visits, developed the deadweight survey plan and performed the deadweight analysis, and finalized stability documentation.

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.

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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