Explosive Handling Wharf 2 Repairs
Under contract with the U.S. Navy, RS&H prepared Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for a design-build contract for the complete refurbishment of the Explosive Handling Wharf 2 to like-new conditions. The basis of the RFP was an on-site engineering study of structural, architectural, mechanical, and electrical systems; hazardous material testing; and a protective coatings evaluation.
The conditional assessment of the facility required extensive on-site investigation. RS&H personnel from all major disciplines, including a Certified Bridge Inspector, climbed the structure, rappelled to otherwise inaccessible areas, and operated aerial work platforms to obtain access to the structural framing, cladding, and building systems. Improving ventilation inside the building; protection of the steel from the effects of salt air, diesel fumes, and condensate; and protection of the sensitive waterfront environment during construction were all key issues for the Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic and the Navy. RS&H investigated refurbishment options, developed cost estimates, and provided recommendations for the repair work, coatings, materials, and methods of construction. The design-build RFP was developed from the study and included performance and prescriptive specifications.