Chesapeake Shipbuilding, a leading shipbuilder and naval architecture firm, acquired three acres of adjacent property to expand their operations. GMB’s Structural & Marine Engineering Group was enlisted to perform a Feasibility Study on the expansion site, currently an empty lot with derelict bulkhead along the Wicomico River. GMB was then asked to design the recommended improvements based upon the Feasibility Study.
The project involves the construction of 295 feet of steel bulkhead along the entire waterfront of the property to replace the existing failing bulkhead. Other improvements include an access road, employee parking, a 40’ X 100’ excavated basin, a 6,000 square foot building, and a submerged gravel wetland.
In addition to the study and design, GMB provided permitting assistance for local, state, and federal permits, including a Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Report. Final permit approvals were received in Spring 2011.