Bellingham Marine designed and built a new visitors’ dock at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu.
Bellingham said it worked with dock system engineer Redpoint Structures to develop an innovative design for the new landing at the national monument, which the National Park Service closed June 14 and reopened June 29 after the work was completed.
Bellingham said the dock was constructed from nine heavily reinforced concrete modules, each weighing more than 37 tons. A method of post-tensioning was used to connect them. The company said the result is an extremely rigid 105-foot-long structure that acts as a solid, single-piece platform.
“The National Park Service wanted a heavy-duty dock that would meet the park’s extreme use and load requirements,” Bellingham Marine general manager Rob Rasmussen said in a statement. “They also needed a solution that was economical. With the help of Redpoint Structures, we were able to come up with a low-maintenance design that provided a number of benefits to the National Park Service, including meeting the budgetary needs of the project.”
The USS Arizona Memorial welcomes nearly 2 million visitors a year. The memorial is built over the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona, the final resting place for many of the nearly 1,200 crewmen killed on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese naval forces bombed Pearl Harbor.