Washington-based Bellingham Marine and H+K Engineering Group were honored with a 2013 Project Excellence Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ coastal institute COPRI (Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute) for their work on Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) Marina on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. The project was designed and constructed for Victor International.
Accolades were given by the judges for the team’s success in delivering an award-winning facility for YCCS Marina that addressed the difficult environmental conditions associated with the remote, deepwater project site and the needs of the large yachts mooring to the docks. The project was also praised for its exemplary use of engineering best practice.
“Advanced modeling and analysis of how each individual pile would perform was vital to ensure the long term successful performance of the entire system,” said Bill Huffman, principal and senior engineer at H+K.
The extreme nature of the Virgin Gorda site including water depths over 35 feet (9m) and hard limestone combined with the loads placed on the docks by large vessels necessitated the development of a technically advanced floating dock system.
“It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get this project built right,” said Everett Babbitt, president of Bellingham Marine.