Under the US Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Tacoma Fire Department received $750,000 to refit the city's fireboat COMMENCEMENT. Art Anderson Associates teamed with BMT Nigel Gee of the United Kingdom to provide engineering design and consultation for the renovation and refit of the vessel.

The first phase of the project involved a comprehensive trade-off study that examined and balanced the needs and specifications of the Tacoma Fire Department and the budgetary constraints of the DHS grant. Art Anderson Associates examined the operational and financial practicality of proposed upgrades and modifications and will provide recommendations to the department.

Art Anderson Associates provided structural; propulsion; pumping, hydraulic and electrical system; and command and control modification engineering and design. Included with this design package was a detailed cost estimate and construction schedule. Art Anderson Associates also served as the Fire Department's representative in the bid and construction phase, negotiating between the owner and contractor, resolving engineering problems and maintaining weight control data.

COMMENCEMENT is one of two fireboats operating in the Tacoma Fire Department. The vessel was built in 1982 by Vosper Hovermarine as a multipurpose fiberglass surface effect ship (SES). The vessel has two 445bhp marine diesel engines powering two 19-inch propellers and a 285bhp marine diesel engine that provides power to six 24-inch aluminum alloy fans, which, when engaged, maintain an air cushion beneath the vessel. This cushion allows the COMMENCEMENT to achieve speeds of up to 30 knots and maintain a stable ride in choppy seas. Since 1983, the vessel has provided fire suppression, search and rescue, evacuation, hazardous materials response and emergency medical service for the city. The COMMENCEMENT's service area includes the Port of Tacoma, the sixth-largest container port in the United States.

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.  

Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for Oak Management in the conversion of the ex-USNS CAPABLE (T-AGOS-16) to an ocean-going research vessel for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), dubbed the OKEANOS EXPLORER. The converted vessel was classed as an ice-strengthened Survey Vessel by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). It is the only US ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge.

Our initial tasking on this project was based on our extensive knowledge and expertise with the NOAA fleet. We prepared a detailed feasibility study of the ex-CAPABLE, working with NOAA to determine how the converted vessel would be outfitted and successfully fulfill its mission requirements. We were then tasked with follow-on work to provide the naval architecture and marine engineering services necessary to execute the conversion.

Our scope of work for the conversion included the engineering design and calculations for renovation of mission spaces, including new equipment foundations, lighting system modifications, electrical system modifications, new laboratory arrangements and fabrication of a new ROV control room console; design of new machinery foundations for the general purpose winch; fabrication and installation of a new J-Frame; electrical and piping modifications for the waste water holding tank; modifications to the ROV handling platform and track; and the addition of new scientific equipment to the main mast. Additional work involved naval architecture services to update post-conversion intact and damage stability data.

Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the reactivation of the NOAA Ship FAIRWEATHER. Originally commissioned with NOAA in 1968, the ship was deactivated in 1989, but a critical backlog of surveys for nautical charts in Alaska was a motivating factor to reactivate the ship in 2004.

Our scope of services for the reactivation included many intricate tasks. We prepared specification and installation drawings, to provide and install a suitable machinery monitoring and control system for an automated engine room. The system includes additional monitoring points for bilge alarms at all tank top locations throughout the ship, refrigerator and freezer alarms, chill water drain tank, and bow thruster critical points. We provided specification and installation drawings to provide and install a suitable fire alarm and detection system (FADS) in compliance with 46CFR 160.002, similar to that currently installed on the NOAA Ship Rainier.

Art Anderson Associates also successfully developed the fantail arrangement and foundation drawings. This task involved the integration of the foundation for the Conductivity, Temperature and Depth Instrument (CTD). The CTD is connected to the ship by means of a conducting cable and data are sent electronically through this cable, in real-time, to the scientists on the ship. We prepared installation drawings for the high speed high resolution (HSHR) winches and the installation of new fairlead padeyes. The fantail not only meets American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards for fantail arrangements, but also added improved mission capability to the vessel.

One of the most intricate tasks was preparing the specification and installation drawings for the installation of two steam boilers and the conversion of the existing hot water heating system to steam. This included sizing the boilers for the expected load for all consumers, including the new evaporators.

We also provided specs and drawings for the incinerator installation; evaporator installation, boat davit installation, food service modifications, living accommodation modifications, pilothouse modifications, elevator conversions, and greywater drain modifications.

The FAIRWEATHER is outfitted primarily for hydrographic survey missions, but is capable of many other functions that support various NOAA missions. She is equipped with multi-beam survey systems; high-speed, high-resolution side-scan sonar; position and orientation systems, hydrographic survey launches, and an on-board data-processing server. Increased mission space and deck machinery enable Fairweather to be tasked with anything from buoy operations to fisheries research cruises.

Art Anderson Associates was the lead marine and waterfront facilities engineer for design and construction of a floating surface collector (FSC) facility for Pacificorp's Swift No. 1 hydroelectric project.  The project is the result of federal hydroelectric licensing requirements mandating fish passage improvements in the Swift watershed.

The 82'x170' FSC barge includes a variety of complex mechanisms for collecting, sorting, sampling and tagging downstream-travelling juvenile salmon, including screens, channels, baffles, cleaners, flumes, holding tanks and pump systems. Art Anderson Associates provided all naval architectural and marine engineering analysis and design services for the FSC barge and ballast system, taking into account worker safety, ease of maintenance, life-cycle costs, and system redundancy requirements. The FSC is intended to operate continuously, during all flows and seasons, for a 50-year life cycle. Therefore designing to minimize downtime, or allow "hot-swapping" equipment that will wear out or break during ongoing operations was an important design criteria.

The FSC is moored to a fixed structure consisting of two primary elements: an approximately 650'-long multi-span trestle erected with 18'-wide by 110'-long pre-fabricated bridge trusses, and the 185'-tall FSC mooring tower that doubles as a hopper-to-truck fish transfer work platform.

The site is remote, with restrictive access. An overall design and procurement strategy for this project was to design to accommodate, to the maximum extent possible, off-site prefabrication through modularization, thereby minimizing expensive on-site assembly. Trucking contractors were engaged to determine the largest prefabricated items that could be safely transported to the site. Construction was completed in 2013 and the facility is currently in operation.

Art Anderson Associates is the lead naval architect/marine engineer for the development of a 1,000 cfs FSC currently under construction at the North Fork Dam, a facility that is part of the Clackamas River Hydroelectric Project, owned and operated by Portland General Electric (PGE). Our role spanned multiple phases, including concept and contract design.

For the concept design, we were responsible for defining environmental loading criteria, establishing structural criteria, preparing a preliminary structural design, estimating loading on facility alternatives, mooring/anchorage design and the preparation of all associated drawings and associated project documentation. Technical memorandums addressed environmental conditions, FSC loading, mooring systems, constructability trade-offs and belly tank design considerations. We were also responsible for preparing the weight estimate, hydrostatic analysis and other trim and stability tasks.

For the Final/100% design phase, Art Anderson Associates revised weight and stability calculations, prepared 3D models of the FSC structure and systems to identify interferences, and developed drawings and specifications for the FSC structure, bilge and ballast systems, sounding tube and vent system, HVAC systems, mooring design, and general arrangements. We also updated construction cost estimates to reflect FSC fabrication and assembly in a remote location, and incorporated all known assembly site development, mobilization, demobilization and site restoration costs.

During the construction procurement phase, Art Anderson Associates has been responsible for preparing responses to RFIs and providing technical support for contractor change orders.

Art Anderson Associates (AAA) was the Prime Consultant providing master planning and design services for the Bremerton Harbor Improvement Master Planning and Marina Expansion, and integration of the project into other waterfront redevelopment projects and funding sources. The Harbor Master Plan includes the Bremerton Marina expansion, improved Passenger Ferry Terminal facilities, boundary adjustments to the Port's Harbor control area, and a comprehensive review and adjustment to the Bremerton outer harbor line.

The $34M marina expansion project added a new 8,000-long-ton displacement floating breakwater system and provides approximately 300 new berths. In addition to up-front planning and grant assistance, AAA provided full civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design for the entire project. This includes all the marina floats and berths, the breakwater, re-engineering of the USS Turner Joy's moorage and passenger ferry terminal improvements. AAA also provided bid support and construction management services. AAA consistently interfaced with Port personnel, ensuring their needs and issues are addressed throughout the course of the project.

A wave/wake study for this project was conducted by subconsultant Coast & Harbor Engineering, and resulted in development of new design standards that are expected to eventually be adopted as an international design standard for floating wave attenuation. For the study phase of the project, AAA designed the new breakwater system for Bremerton using the new harbor protection criteria together with a series of physical models that were tested at the Oregon State University's O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. The state-of-the-art breakwater design was featured in a presentation at the ASCE PORTS 2007 Conference as a model for reliable and cost-effective harbor protection. The marina expansion project was also the recipient of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seattle Section and West Region, and was a nominee for the national award.

Art Anderson Associates has provided Homeland Security Implementation Engineering services for Washington State Ferries (WSF) since 2003. The initial contract grew out of the award of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Port Security grants for pilothouse/engine room security enhancements aboard twelve WSF vessels and camera/physical security enhancements for five WSF terminals.  In 2011, Art Anderson Associates was awarded a follow-on contract that extends our exclusive support role through 2013.

The contract scope of work entails all consultant services for the design of an integrated access control and video monitoring (ACVM) system across both vessels and terminals, an essential factor in a coordinated security plan. Our team has designed surveillance, monitoring and recording equipment and software installations; intrusion alarm systems; access control systems; and overall integration with WSF's network. The work has also included vendor interface/support with the IT contractor, development and maintenance of a comprehensive equipment catalog, development of photo identification badges for all WSF employees, architectural/civil/structural design for triangle route terminal modifications, construction support during and after installation and participation in various meetings with vendor and WSF personnel.

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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