PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Louis Berger completed work for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI) and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The firm developed design documents and provided construction services for a fixed pier at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. The new pier opened to the public on May 6 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

The pier at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, is home to the Oliver Hazard Perry, the U.S.’s largest civilian sailing school vessel.
The pier at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island, is home to the Oliver Hazard Perry, the U.S.’s largest civilian sailing school vessel.

Commerce RI awarded Louis Berger the contract in August 2012 for work on the pier’s design, and construction officially began in April 2014. Louis Berger, in association with St. Jean Engineering and EDS Engineering, designed the 240-foot long, 20-foot wide concrete pier and seven rows of floating docks. The design involved dredging and utilities (water, sanitary sewer and electric) to support the fixed pier, including marine pedestals, pier lighting and marina pump-outs.

“The new pier increases public access to Narragansett Bay, where Louis Berger has been working to improve water quality for over 20 years with the combined sewer overflow abatement program,” said Chris Feeney, Louis Berger’s associate vice president for water services. “We’re extremely proud to help Newport continue to be a premier sailing destination for events bringing more visitors to the Bay.”

Louis Berger provided design, design services during construction, and permitting services, including construction meetings. The firm also reviewed submittals and pay requisitions as well as responded to requests for information. Permitting work included coordination with agencies, such as the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Coastal Resources Management Council and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The pier is home to the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s sailing school and research vessel, which at 200 feet long is the largest civilian sailing school vessel in the United States. The new pier will be managed by Sail Newport as a venue to host youth, collegiate and world class one-design sailing regattas. Along with the newly opened Volvo Ocean Race Village, the pier will allow Newport and the state to successfully host world-class sailing events such as the America’s Cup World Series and the only North American stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The project was funded through Rhode Island’s capital improvement program to promote public access to the Bay and promote large-scale marine events as an economic driver for the region.

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