Finding bids too high, city delays Percival Landing dock repair

Officials now hope to rebid Percival Landing repairs in time to replace floats for 2014 boating season

ahobbs@theolympian.comDecember 28, 2013 

Percival Landing is located on Columbia Street in downtown Olympia. The city council recently rejected bids to replace the F-Float, which was closed in January 2013.

ANDY HOBBS — Olympian

The city has delayed repairs on the F-Float dock at Percival Landing until the job can be done at the right price.

Construction was originally scheduled for this fall after the project received funding in the 2013 budget. However, the city needed to obtain new permits for the design process. Now the goal is to replace the moorage floats on the dock before the June 2014 boating season.

The F-Float is one of three such docks at Percival Landing, located downtown along Columbia Street. The deteriorating dock was closed last January.

The replacement project also calls for a new vessel pump-out station for waste, along with water and electricity for moored boats.

On Dec. 17, the Olympia City Council rejected four bids to replace the dock. Each bid came in at more than twice the project engineer’s estimate of $406,000.

Bids ranged from a low of $837,629 to a high of $979,200. Bidders were Pacific Pile and Marine, American Construction Co., McClure and Sons Inc. and Quigg Bros. Inc.

The next step is to modify the estimate through feedback with suppliers and contractors, said Kip Summers, project engineer. There is no definite timeline, but Summers thinks the city could have a new estimate ready by the end of January.

The completed F-Float should accommodate up to 15 boaters, who can pay from $11 to $14 a night. City officials hope the upgrade will encourage more recreational boaters to eat, shop and play in Olympia.

“Every time we get a boat tied up and spending a night in downtown Olympia, that means extra commerce for our downtown,” said Mayor Stephen Buxbaum.

“Having those docks open and available for recreational boaters needs to be a priority for the city.”

Along with the Olympia Farmers Market, Percival Landing is an important gateway and first impression for downtown, Buxbaum said.

“We want to make sure the front door to Puget Sound looks beautiful and is as functional as it can be,” he said.

Percival Landing’s D-Float and E-Float will remain open and will eventually be due for replacement.

Replacing all three floats at Percival Landing would cost about $5 million total, according to the city. In 2011, the city completed the first phase of reconstruction at Percival Landing for $14 million.

That project replaced the central section of the boardwalk and added the Harbor House and two pavilions.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869

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