Construction of the new pier at Palmer Station, Antarctica was completed at the end of April, the first major milestone in modernizing the research station and expanding its capacity for scientific research.
The pier is critical to operations at the station as there is no airstrip – all supply and personnel transfer operations are by vessel – and the nearest major port facility is Punta Arenas, Chile, about 1,100 miles to the north. It was in critical condition due to age and corrosion and in dire need of replacement.
R&M provided project management, surveying, planning and design for the project, which included construction of a new steel pipe pile-supported concrete deck dock to replace the existing sheet pile bulkhead, an energy absorbing fender system, bollards and on-dock power/lighting.
R&M also provided support throughout construction.
This article on the United States Antarctic Program website talks more about the project and construction process.
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