Engineering/Design Services for M.V. Del Norte Re-Powering

On January 23, 2009, the District Board of Directors authorized the execution of a Professional Services Agreement for Engineering and Detailed Design Services for Repowering of the M.V. Del Norte with Marine Systems Corporation, Boston, MA, in an amount not-to-exceed $399,320 (with a contingency reserve fund of $40,681). On December 23, 2008, three naval architecture firms respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP).

The proposals were evaluated in accordance with the technical criteria in the RFP, and Marine Systems Corporation (MSC) was selected as the highest ranked proposer. MSC’s high score was based on the firm’s qualifications and experience in the area of ferry vessel design and repowering; its capability to perform the needed work; its understanding of this specific project; its performance on other similar projects; and its proposed engineering schedule.

The M.V. Del Norte was built in 1997 and placed into service in September 1998 as the District’s first high speed ferry. The vessel’s engines now have 30,000 hours of operation and no longer meet current EPA emissions regulations. The District has received a Carl Moyer grant to repower the M.V. Del Norte. The Carl Moyer program provides funds to replace older marine diesel engines with new engines meeting current EPA standards. MSC will provide the District with the engineering and design drawings necessary to create the Technical Specifications for the contract for the installation of the new engines.

This project is included in the FY 08/09 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget at a total cost of $3,500,000 (includes the professional services discussed here and the purchase of engines and their installation, the purchase and installation of new generators, and District administrative and other miscellaneous costs) and is 100% grant funded ($3,173,854 Carl Moyer Program grant funds and $326,146 Federal Transit Administration grant funds).

Anticipated Project Timeline

April 2009: Complete Engineering and Detailed Design and bid package out
May 2009:
Take M.V. Del Norte out of service and replaced temporarily with one of the Washington State Ferry (WSF) vessels that Golden Gate Ferry recently purchased
Sept. 2009: Repowering completed on M.V. Del Norte

Larkspur Terminal Parking Lot Reconfiguration

On June 27, 2008, the Board authorized the award a contract for Larkspur Ferry Terminal Parking & Access Improvements, in the amount of $1,298,000 to Gigliotti Bros., Inc., San Rafael, CA, with a contingency fund of $129,800.

The work on this project will be completed in March 2009.

This project reconfigures the existing lot and adds new parking spaces. The project also modifies existing and constructs new drainage facilities; restores the existing and constructs a new portion of bicycle path that includes a new bicycle bridge; installs new and restores existing landscaping; modifies existing and construct new lighting, constructs in-roadway lighting systems for crosswalks, installs new landscape furniture, replaces existing bicycle racks, and other associated work including saw cutting and demolition of the existing pavement, curbs, and sidewalks and grading of existing landscaped areas. Improvements to public access in the parking lot areas of the terminal to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable California accessibility regulations are included.

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) staff identified a number of items not included in the original contract including further modifications to the public access, landscaping, irrigation and signage. One of the BCDC requirements is for opening the public views to Corte Madera Creek and the San Francisco Bay at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.

On January 23, 2009, the Contract Change Order approved will compensate the Contractor for removing a portion of the existing concrete railing between the service building and the Larkspur Terminal and constructing a steel tube railing in its place, in the amount of $65,000. The steel tube railing will allow views of the Bay in compliance with the BCDC permit. In addition, BCDC required that additional benches and trash receptacles be installed at the site and that existing vegetation be trimmed or removed to open up the Bay views. Contract change orders will be required for the additional furniture and vegetation trimming and removal.

An additional Contract Change Order will compensate the Contractor for modifications to the pathway adjacent to East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, in the amount of $35,000, to eliminate obstructions on the public access. The District had previously installed a bus shelter at the location for the District’s bus service and the shelter blocks the public access. The change order will remove the shelter’s existing concrete slab and construct a new concrete slab outside the public access. Modifications to the adjacent sections of the pathway will also be required in order to comply with ADA standards.

Summary of Project Cost

This project is included in the FY 08/09 Ferry Transit Division Capital Budget at a total cost of $2,170,000, and is funded with $1,736,000 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant funds, and $434,000 District funds. A capital budget increase in the amount of $200,000, to be funded with $160,000 FTA grant funds and $40,000 from District reserves, is required to fully fund this project at the estimated total cost of $2,370,000.