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Mission-Critical Code Evaluation at U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu

A comprehensive report was provided to the USCG with an evaluation of the overall quality of construction, including photographs, written observations, and recommendations.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) had an immediate need for a technical review of one of its facilities in the final stages of construction. BergerABAM provided a third-party code review and evaluation of the contractor’s design and construction of the National Security Cutters (NSC) Homeport Addition to the Fast Response Cutters (FRC) building at the USCG base in Honolulu, Hawaii. The evaluation was a critical milestone for the USCG to proceed to the next phase of construction, as delays in construction could have negatively impacted its mission.

The FRC building is situated on Sand Island—a small island immediately adjacent to the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The NSC Homeport Addition is located adjacent to the easterly wall of the existing FRC building. The expansion project required demolition and site work of existing utilities, walkways, landscaping, pavement, and protection of the telecommunications manhole and conduits.

The BergerABAM team expedited their review by conducting a site visit and visual evaluation of the Homeport Addition over the span of three days. The purpose of the visit was to observe the construction nearing completion and evaluate compliance with current codes and request for proposal documents, including drawings and specifications. The facility was required to be designed to meet accessibility codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the International Building Code 2012 Edition standards.

While the project might sound like a few days in paradise, the site visit took the team through an exhaustive examination of every nook and cranny in the facility. They observed areas above the ceiling grid by ladder; construction of the ceiling and crane in the boat bay by scissor lift; steel paint thickness readings using an electronic gauge; and unusual fireproofing applications. They even measured the location of toilet paper dispensers in the restrooms to document adjustments required for ADA compliance.