Collaboration Brings About Innovation for West Coast Contractors

By: West Coast Contractors
COOS BAY, Ore. - Oct. 2, 2013 - PRLog -- COOS BAY, OREGON – September 2013 – “Building Strong Foundations for a Better Future” is not just a mission statement, but he driving force behind every project to which West Coast Contractors ( commits. Heavy construction projects bring social and environmental impacts, and to complete these projects without negative effects, contractors must be flexible.  As one of the premier marine and heavy construction contractor companies in the Pacific Northwest, West Coast Contractors continuously works hand in hand with communities to ensure safe, innovative, and cost-effective solutions for the most challenging of construction projects. Whether a project takes place in the water or on land, WCC consciously adapts to the stringent social and environmental needs they face.

Projects, such as NOAA’s LEED Silver certified facility, are methodically planned out from start to finish, ensuring expedient completion without compromising their award winning quality. The nearly $30 million collaboration between WCC and Anderson Construction Co. paved the way to a new, state-of-the-art NOAA facility in Newport, Oregon. WCC’s in-water portion of the project included the driving and installation of pier piles, fender piles, and pier planks using a barge mounted, GPS-guided template (1,400 ft long pier for NOAA’s Pacific Coast fleet). The company also performed dredging, mitigation excavation, and concrete pouring work.  While constructing the docks for the facility, WCC worked alongside NOAA to minimize its effects on the marine life and ensure that the highest environmental standards were met.

Efforts such as cleaning the hulls of the construction barges to prevent the spread of invasive species demonstrate WCC’s ability to effectively adhere to current rules and regulations.  Receiving the “Protect the Northwest” award in 2012 as part of their work on NOAA’s new facility confirms WCC’s devotion to quality service while exceeding environmental regulations.After the NOAA Marine Operation project was completed, WCC reapplied the pile driving template they created on their next marine construction project in Trinidad, CA.

Another notable marine construction project for West Coast Contractors, recently, was the rebuilding of a historic fishing pier in Trinidad. Due to an extremely limited in-water work period, WCC had a narrow window to replace the debilitated 70-year-old pier. Crab season, a vital part of the local economy took place during construction. The Trinidad fishermen worried they would not be able to transport their catch to shore without a functioning pier.

WCC came up with a solution that kept work on-schedule and allowed crab fishing to thrive. By day, the company used its crane and equipment to construct the new pier. At night, second-shift crane operators were delegated to assist the fishermen with unloading their catch. They used the crane to lift crab-filled bins from boats and placed them in an accessible area near the shore to load onto trucks. Both the fishermen and the town were thrilled that they were able to bring their catch to market and maintain a source of income. Going the extra mile to help communities is a mentality embedded within WCC culture, and applying this ingenuity has helped WCC’s project design and construction teams stay dynamic on their current Sweet Creek Road project.

With a full line of heavy equipment and some of the most highly trained engineers and crew members, WCC is exercising their varied experience to the Sweet Creek Road project. A roadway frequently used to connect residents, Forest Service, and lumber companies to nearby Highway 126 collapsed due to major weather damage and years of deterioration. Partnering with Lane County Public Works Department, WCC had serious work cut out for them.

One of two lanes had a quarter-mile section slip into the Siuslaw River. This created an added challenge due to the narrow width of workspace WCC was given. The initial replacement project planned for the installation of two tieback retaining walls that were to be connected with a 243 foot long concrete bridge.

WCC’s design and construction teams arrived to unsettled site conditions and decided that the original design wouldn’t be sustainable. Continuing the installation of retaining walls with pile embedment would provide insufficient support for the force to be placed on the walls. They worked directly with Lane County staff on redesign that would stay within their budget. Appropriately, and to avoid any further issues with a tieback wall design, the final plan has transformed into a single 15 span bridge with two lanes, and a total length of 1,130 feet.

As the project enters its final stages, the Lane County Government couldn’t be happier. David Brown goes onto say that, “[Lane] County looks forward to working again with WCC in the future... I highly recommend WCC for any public works project they feel they are qualified to perform.”

Examples such as these are a common occurrence for the WCC team, exemplifying the intangible quality that brings them success on every project. With the ability to coordinate efforts that accommodate unexpected complications with ease, WCC continues to exceed expectations on each project they take on.

About West Coast Contractors

Founded in 1962, WCC is a general contractor that specializes in heavy construction projects including bridges, harbors, marine facilities, and governmental work. WCC is renowned for construction jobs that are able to withstand severe weather conditions, and is a leader in developing environmentally sound procedures for sensitive locations. Clients include the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Coast Guard, states of Oregon and California, Chevron, NOAA, Roseburg Forest Products, and the Ports of Morrow, Newport and Coos Bay. Find more information visit or contact Michael Mitchell at Christie Communications at or via phone at 805.969.3697.
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