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mapping of interested and/or concerned
stakeholders, face-to-face meetings and
information sessions that encourage two-way
dialogue. The port should keep stakeholders and the public informed as the project
evolves toward full implementation.
"It's when community doesn't feel like
they've been involved in the process they
resist the most," observed Andrew Cairns,
regional port practice leader at Mott
MacDonald. Projects run more smoothly
when the community understands how
it will benefit them, making them more
amenable to tolerating inconveniences in
the short term.
The Port of Long Beach has been reaching out to its stakeholders ever since it began
planning the replacement of the Gerald
Desmond Bridge in the mid-1990s. The new
six-lane bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge
in California and will have the highest deck
of any such bridge in the U.S. (205 feet).
"Trying to build anything like this in the
heart of the busiest seaport complex in the
nation is a challenge," said Duane Kenagy,
interim deputy executive director. Project
managers have had to maintain access to all
of the port's marine terminals, provide for
emergency services and keep traffic flowing for commuters. Over the course of the
project some tenants and leaseholders have
had to move operations several times.
One of the best decisions the port made
was to start early to get input about what all
stakeholders were looking for and to work
with them to figure out what they could
and couldn't do, Kenagy added.
Port Canaveral in Florida, just starting
the design phase for a new cruise terminal,
has also involved its stakeholders early on.
"Oftentimes there is a perception that if
I open up the door, they are going to ask

for stuff that will drive the project cost up,
but what we've found is quite the opposite,"
said Bill Crowe, senior director, facilities,
construction and engineering at Canaveral
Port Authority. "There may be components
that we've included in the design that were
used a decade ago but may not be necessary anymore."

Get Experts Involved
Spending money upfront often reduces
costs as the project progresses.
"We see a lot of ports that, due to a lack
of funding to get all the right engineering
done, will forego an appropriate geotechnical investigation," said Cairns. If an owner
waits until construction is underway to take
additional borings, it may uncover problems
that will cost time and money to fix down
the road. But when ports invest in good engineering studies up front and understand the
conditions going in they can properly look
at what the budget for the project is going
to be and look at the feasibility of different
types of construction, he added.
More comprehensive initial engineering studies would have saved the Port of
Superior-Duluth time and money when
below-ground concrete structures turned
out to be much thicker than initial borings
had revealed. 'We were able to manage it,
but the solution would have been cheaper if
we had engineered it in," said Coda.
Obtaining the assistance of experts
throughout the project is another smart
move. "An agency needs to understand
that the skill sets to manage mega projects
are different than day-to-day construction
and engineering support that are done routinely within the port," said Kenagy. "You
need to make sure that you have talented
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Address Environmental
Concerns Upfront
A proactive approach to environmental issues can help shorten project
timetables.
Permitting for a project's waterside
components take the longest time, so
Port Everglades included many "whatif" scenarios when it was doing the
required sediment sampling. "We threw
more potential project areas into that
sampling program and the depths that
we specified to be sampled were deeper
than we thought we would need to go,"
said Bill Crowe, senior director, facilities, construction and engineering. That
decision helped speed construction of
the port's new cruise terminal, expected
to open in December 2019.
Port Everglades worked for many
years to find a way to win conservation easements and remove 8.7 acres
of mangroves to allow its Southport
Turning Notch Extension to proceed,
according to David Anderton, the port's
assistant director, strategic planning and
development.
In lengthy discussions with the
Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and environmental groups,
the port developed a mitigation plan that
all the stakeholders were happy with.
It replaced the 8.7 acres of mangroves
with a 16.5-acre upland enhancement
that includes 70,000 new mangroves and
wetland plants. While it would normally
take three years for the Florida DEP to
agree that the mangroves were thriving
and the project was "trending towards
success," Port Everglades was able to get
that approval after just one year, allowing
work on the STNE to progress.
In Long Beach, the new Gerald
Desmond Bridge is being built in an
area filled with both old and currently
operating oil fields. "As we were going
to construct deep foundations to hold
up the new bridge, we had to make sure
that the oil infrastructure didn't create
any structural concerns," said Kenagy.
Tackling that obstacle up front helped
expedite the project schedule. "Even
though it was very expensive, early relocation of the oil fields was probably the
single best decision that I can think of in
terms of benefit to the project."


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The Power of One, Collaboration by Many
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Power Shift: In the Energy Sector, Change Is the Only Constant
Strengthening U.S. Ports to Support Increasing Freight and Transportation
Port Partnerships for Strategic Positioning and Success
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