BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A $9-million waterfront improvement project was recently completed in the southern California community of Coronado, Bellingham Marine, the project’s design/build contractor, reported in a recent statement.
A major objective of the improvement project was to ensure safe public access at the marina. “The old docks had exceeded their life – there were flotation problems and cases where docks were turning over,” said Jim Benson, city engineer. Improvements included replacement of two of the marina’s three main docks with modern concrete floating docks, according to Bellingham Marine.
No slips were lost during the renovation, yet the new design layout involved a shift toward larger slips. The new marina has 66 slips accommodating boats 25 to 100 feet in length. “It’s difficult to keep the number of slips unchanged when doing a rebuild,” said Eric Noegel, manager of Project Development for Bellingham Marine. “New regulations and trends toward larger boats often mean a reduction in the number of slips; we were fortunate at Glorietta Bay to be able to deliver a slip mix that reflected a shift toward larger slips without losing any numbers.”
Bellingham Marine’s renovation the facility included design and installation of a Unifloat dock system with up-graded utilities; management of pile driving activities; and installation of a new fire suppression, fresh water, and public pump-out system. Bellingham also constructed a new entry pier complete with security gate and ADA compliant gangway.
The Glorietta Bay Marina project featured a number of innovative features, according to Bellingham, including match-cast technology on landing platforms, a number of uniquely shaped dock modules with dog-legs in many walkways, and development of a 17,500 square foot eelgrass habitat located a half-mile away. The new habitat was created to replace habitat lost during the waterfront improvement project.