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Pier 9 Replacement
Newport, RI

Pier 9 is a state-owned commercial fishing port. One of the piers within the port, the "Working Pier", is a timber pile structure approximately 200 feet long by 20 feet wide. It is utilized by a number of commercial fishing boats of 40 to 60 feet in length as a homeport and a loading / unloading dock for a variety of catches.  The pier was determined by the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to be in poor condition and in need of repair.  RIDEM hired Pare to inspect the pier and, if needed, to design a replacement structure.

Pare considered structural alternatives and designed a new timber pile supported pier and fender system suitable for the heavy loads to which it is being subjected. A difficult site feature--shallow ledge beneath the bottom of the harbor--made pile driving impossible beyond a penetration depth of just five to ten feet. Pare designed a drilled and grouted socket for the piles to be installed in the bedrock and to withstand heavy impact loading from docking fishing boats.

Pare also filed a Maintenance Certification permit application with the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and consulted with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the RIDEM Water Quality Section.  Based upon environmental safeguards Pare built into the construction plan, a Water Quality Certificate was not required.  Pare assisted RIDEM with the construction bid phase and provided field and administrative services during construction.