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 worked with the Whatcom County Department of Public Works to provide comprehensive planning, design and management services for upgrades to the Lummi Island Ferry System. The project was the result of county studies which showed a need for a new ferry vessel, terminal and upland improvements to meet the increasing transportation demand from island residents and tourists.

Throughout multiple contracts, Art Anderson Associates acted as owner's representative, developing the system's 14-year budget plan and detailed program, drafting a Public Works Trust Fund loan application package, determining the appropriate size of the new vessel and conducting a feasibility study and cost estimate for upgrades to both the Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point terminals to accommodate the new ferry. After the completion of these initial planning tasks, Art Anderson Associates was retained for the engineering design of the terminal improvements.

Art Anderson Associates' scope of work for the terminal improvements included providing plans and specifications for wing walls, dolphins, the wave break/catwalk, mooring hardware, the passenger staging area and all relevant mechanical and electrical systems. In addition to these designs, Art Anderson Associates also performed site inspections, construction support, JARPA submittal and overall project management.

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.

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 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 provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the conversion of the Ex-USNS AGATE PASS (YTT-12), a former torpedo test craft, into a NOAA research vessel. The converted vessel, now named the NANCY FOSTER, was outfitted to conduct coastal research along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Our services were performed as a series of conversion tasks under our IDIQ contract with NOAA for naval architecture and marine engineering services. These tasks include engineering design for:

  • De-militarization of the ship by removing all torpedo systems, including ejection tanks, handling and firing equipment, void tanks, torpedo hold support structures and high-pressure compressed air system.
  • Installation of shell closure plate to close off torpedo tunnel openings, watertight bulkheads in the torpedo hold to create multi-use spaces, inclined ladder access and equipment access hatches to the new spaces.
  • Installation of new watertight flats to create a new stores space and exercise/MSD room.
  • Installation of a new watertight door and inclined ladder to create an auxiliary machinery room with a main deck enclosure structure.
  • Modification of bilge/ballast and fuel oil piping to convert ballast tanks to fuel oil storage.
  • Installation of a new 5.7 m SOLAS rescue boat, davit, and associated equipment
  • Installation of one new 25-foot survey launch, davit, and associated equipment
  • Installation of a new J-frame (SWL 5,000 pounds) with new Markey winches and other associated equipment.
  • Installation of a new A-frame (SWL 20,000 pounds) with a constant-tension winch and associated equipment
  • Installation of a new man-rated aft knuckle boom crane (SWL, at 40 foot reach, 10,000 pounds).
  • Replacement of main deck edge railings with a bulwark and installation of portable lifelines and deck edge rubber rub rail, except in way of A-frame and J-frame openings.
  • Installation of a new marine sanitation device and related sewage piping modifications.
  • Installation of a new walk-in refrigerator/freezer.
  • Installation of a new double-plate, spade rudder and new steering gear equipment.
  • Stability assessment, revision of damaged stability calculations and new trim and stability booklet.

NANCY FOSTER's mission includes the characterization of various habitats in NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, pollution assessments and studies to improve understanding of the connection between marine habitats and estuaries. These missions support scientific data collection through bottom fish trawling, sediment sampling, side-scan sonar and multi-beam surveying, sub-bottom profiling, core sampling, diving with air and NITROX, ROV operations, and servicing oceanographic/atmospheric surface and subsurface buoys. The vessel employs state-of-the-art navigation and propulsion systems that result in high quality and efficient data collection.

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.  

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.

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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