Groundbreaking: A new day for Cleveland’s Coast Guard facilities

>The Ninth District continued the process of upgrading the Coast Guard facility at the Cleveland moorings with a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 23, 2010.

Honored guests at the ceremony included Rear Adm. Michael Parks, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District; Ohio Senator George Voinovich; and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The Fiscal Year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provided $16.8 million in funding “to complete the project proposal to renovate, improve, or construct a new Station and Marine Safety Unit Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, and to begin work on the project.”

Right: Capt. James Heinz, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Facilities Design and Construction Center; Capt. Thomas Jones, Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Civil Engineering; Capt. Robert Burchell, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo; Michael Scaparotti of Scaparotti Construction Group; Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District; Ohio Senator George Voinovich; and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of the new Coast Guard facility at the Cleveland moorings, Nov. 23, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. )

This groundbreaking begins the first phase of the project; constructing a two-story operations building on vacant land just west of the existing structure. The facility will include 24,500 square feet of operational, administrative and crew berthing spaces. The building design will incorporate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental standards and will be designed in concert with the surrounding Cleveland waterfront development.

“Every day, the hardworking men and women of the Coast Guard bring life to our mission mandates and ensure the safety and security of the commercial and recreational users of our waterways,” said Parks. “That’s why I’m extremely excited and grateful to be part of today’s ceremony which officially launches the construction of a brand new, world-class facility.

(Left: An artist’s rendering of the new Coast Guard facility at the Cleveland moorings. Image courtesy of Scaparotti Construction Group.)

Almost 100 U.S. Coast Guard personnel (64 active duty, seven civilians and 26 reservists) work on Lake Erie’s shore at the end of East Ninth Street in Cleveland. The base is home to Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Station Cleveland Harbor, Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and a Coast Guard Exchange annex.

Cutter Neah Bay is moored to a World War-II era pier that is corroded and failing. Marine Safety Unit Cleveland is located in several World War-II era buildings that are too small and expensive to maintain. Station Cleveland Harbor’s crew has resided in “temporary” spaces since repeated sewage overflows forced it out of its previous location in 2005.

The contract to design and build the new facility was awarded to Scaparotti Construction Group, of Cleveland. The design will continue this winter with construction to begin in the spring, with completion estimated in the fall of 2012.

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