Cole Park Pier was badly damaged during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and has been closed since then.  City officials announced during a news conference on Monday, February 3, 2020, that they would recommend a company in Dallas to design a new pier to replace it.

The city officials have selected a company recommended to the city council for the design of the new Cole Park Pier.

City administrators Peter Zanoni and Ben Molina, Dist. 2 City council member, announced during a press conference Monday, recommends city workers to hire Jacobs Engineering Group, a Dallas-based company, to do the work.

The council will consider commissioning Jacobs during its regular February 11th meeting to design a new pier and help with approval.

Seven companies made suggestions to get the job done and four were interviewed. Another contract is awarded for demolition and construction.

Molina. The Cole Park district of which is a pioneer in the effort to replace the pier.

“The pier … offers a great experience in our bay waters, offers great views of our beautiful downtown skyline, is one of the many amenities at Cole Park, and even offers great fishing,” said Molina.

Right Ben Molina, Dist.  City Councilor announced city staff will recommend Dallas company to design new Cole Park Pier.  He spoke about the improvements during a press conference with city administrator Peter Zanoni on Monday 3rd February 2020.

The nearly 50-year-old, 500-foot-long pier has been closed for almost two years for safety reasons.

It was badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Texas coast in August 2017. In the spring of 2019, the concrete slabs connecting the pier to the coast collapsed into the bay.

  • Jacobs, headquartered in Dallas, was founded in 1947 and provides professional engineering and architecture services worldwide.
  • The local Jacobs office was created in 2017 from an acquisition of CH2M Hill, originally Goldston Engineering.
  • The company has a specialized port and ship group with more than 550 professionals.
  • The company has a local, in-house marine structure design team familiar with the harsh saltwater environment along the Corpus Christi coastline.
  • This team also knows what materials and construction techniques are required to provide a pier with long-term cost-effectiveness.

How will the process work?

The design will take six months to a year, and the construction of the new pier will take about another year, Zanoni said. It could be completed as early as June 2021.

The city must obtain permits from the Texas General Land Office and the US Army Corps of Engineers before construction can begin. The GLO owns submerged land where the pier is located.

The city conducted a community poll on the new pier in the summer of 2018, but there are still some more public input options to take place, Zanoni said.

The results of the first survey suggest that the pier should be about the same length. City officials want to widen the pier so it’s more like a deck or walkway. You’ll also want to add more amenities like shade covers, benches, better lighting, and more fish cleaning stations.

How much will it cost?

A technical study assessing the structure of the pier was carried out in 2019. According to the study, much of the pier’s structural integrity has been lost due to corrosion.

The study found that after a repair, the pier would need to be reworked after 10 years.

It would cost less to demolish and replace the pier than it would cost to repair it, Zanoni said. The pier would cost $ 7.1 million to repair, compared to $ 4.1 million to demolish and replace.

Approximately $ 1 million from a bond in 2018 will go into the demolition and construction of the pier.

The city is still working to find funding for the other $ 3 million.

It could be funded through a potential 2020 bond, the Community Enrichment Fund, or a naming litigation for the pier.

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