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 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.

In response to increased growth in the region, King County constructed a new $1.6-billion regional wastewater treatment plant, called Brightwater. The facility serves portions of King and Snohomish counties and supports the County's mission to protect public health and the environment. The new facilities will include a treatment plant, conveyance (pipes and pumps taking wastewater to and from the plant), and a marine outfall and will feature the largest membrane bioreactor system in the United States.

Art Anderson Associates provided civil and structural engineering services to develop a marine outfall for King County's new Brightwater wastewater treatment system. Our scope included the preparation of plans, specifications, a basis of design report and calculations for plastic pipe weights and a reinforced concrete pipe anchor in support of our design/build partner Triton Marine Construction. We also designed the temporary construction trestle. The purpose of the anchor is to resist axial loads on the twin 63-inch HDPE pipe system caused by seismic or landslide events. Both of the mile-long pipes and the anchor system are now resting 600 feet below the surface of Puget Sound.

The Brightwater Outfall project was featured in the September 28, 2008 issue of Engineering News Record. Engineering News Record recognized the Brightwater Outfall project with the "Best of the Best" award in the heavy/civil construction category. Engineering News Record also awarded the project its "Best of 2009" Award in the heavy/civil category.

Kitsap Transit is a public transit agency operating a fleet of passenger ferries serving routes between Bremerton, Port Orchard and Annapolis. Following the successful modification of the fleet's ferry ADMIRAL PETE, the agency began investigating options for design and construction of a sister ship. One of the goals for the sister ship design is to integrate "green" technology to reduce operational costs and environmental impact. As the naval architect for the ADMIRAL PETE project, and a firm with a long history of service to the agency, Kitsap Transit contracted with Art Anderson Associates to perform a feasibility study to begin development of the sister ship design.

The scope of work for Art Anderson Associates included development of design requirements and an operating profile for the planned vessel, including weather, speed, passenger capacity and other related factors. Candidate propulsion plants were identified and compared in the areas of cost, weight and fuel consumption. Technologies for reduction of cabin HVAC loads were investigated, including efficient insulation and waste heat recovery systems. The study also investigated application of alternative power technologies, assessing the pros and cons of various systems for use on the new sister ship. The report was compiled and presented to the Passenger Only Subcommittee of the agency's Board of Directors, and forms the basis for future work to develop the sister ship design.

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 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.

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 (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.

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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