Port awards bid for dock repairs

The Port of Olympia will move forward with plans to repair the oldest docks at Swantown Marina after the commission voted unanimously to award a contract for the project this week.

Six companies bid on the project, but the winning bidder was Massana Construction, which is headquartered in Georgia. It also has an office in Gig Harbor, port engineering director Bill Helbig said Wednesday.

The winning bid for the work was about $809,000 of a total budget of $1.05 million.

The port originally budgeted $750,000 for the work, but due to higher labor and material costs, the port tapped into another $300,000 fund from other projects, including a boat lift that cost less than expected.

The dock project, which is set to begin in November and end by February, will focus on the north end of Swantown Marina and its A, B and C docks.

The docks were built in 1983, and are the oldest at Swantown, Helbig said.

The plan is to replace all of the wooden timbers and related hardware supporting the concrete floats. Because of cracking, some float-deck surfaces also will be replaced.

There was little discussion among the commissioners about the project at their meeting on Monday, according to a video replay of the meeting on the port website. Commissioners were briefed about the work at previous meetings.

Still, Commissioner Bill McGregor asked how construction will work around the boats already moored at Swantown.

Helbig said Wednesday that the work will be completed in phases. Boats will be moved temporarily to other slips; after the job is done, they will be returned to their original moorage.

The port also repaired six docks, identified by letter as G to L, in 2008.