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 naval architecture and marine engineering services for in the conversion of the ex-USNS INDOMITABLE (T-AGOS-7) into a multidisciplinary ocean-going research vessel. The converted vessel, now the MCARTHUR II, conducts oceanographic research and assessments, throughout the eastern Pacific, including the U.S. West Coast, Central and South America.

Our tasking included providing designs for this conversion to match that of the MCARTHUR II's sister ship, the HI'IALAKAI. Conversion work items included the installation of a new mission deck above the main deck aft; extension of the forecastle deck; installation of a new A-frame, J-frame, knuckle boom deck crane, oceanographic winch, central hydraulic system with a new hydraulic power unit, Miranda work boat davit, and new anti-roll dump tank; relocation of the existing hydrographic winch; removal of various structures, including the raised winch control station house, and equipment incidental to the installations.

To save cost and provide commonality, the fleet drawings from previous conversions of were modified, based on an extensive shipcheck, to suit the MCARTHUR II. In addition to drawing development, purchase specifications were prepared for the oceanographic winch, hydraulic power unit and Miranda davit. Throughout the project, close liaison was maintained with NOAA's technical personnel to ensure timely transfer of needed information and resolution of problems. By ensuring that all of NOAA's requests for this project were discussed and resolved at our corporate internal resource meetings, we were able to allocate the necessary resources and time without delay in either schedule or increase in fiscal charges.

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.

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 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.

On behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Art Anderson Associates (AAA) is designing a new bridge tender workboat used for inspections and maintenance on the I-90 floating bridge in Seattle, Washington. After an initial study to develop alternatives for updating the existing aging vessel, AAA and WSDOT determined that replacing the vessel rather than refurbishing the existing workboat was advantageous. The new design features significant improvements in operating efficiency, reducing operating costs while increasing safety, as well as reducing emissions and environmental impacts. Design of the new bridge tender workboat is scheduled to be completed by end of summer 2014. Following the design phase AAA will manage the construction of the new workboat. The Department of Transportation's new bridge tender workboat is tentatively planned for construction in early 2015.

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:

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.

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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