Marina takes shape
Sep 24, 2013 / 12:15 pm
Sept. 24 12:15 update:
The final section for Kelowna’s new Downtown Marina was floated across the lake this morning.
The approximately 400-foot-long, L-shaped pier is a $5 million plus project that includes a walkout pier for the public to enjoy, three small marina buildings and a seating pavilion, temporary-use moorage facilities, including hourly and overnight slips, for boats, as well as a commercial dock nearby to accommodate the tourist activities on the waterfront.
The pier will open to the public on Friday.
Sept. 18 story: The man behind the construction of Kelowna's new pier says he's never seen a marina like this.
Jeff Mallmes, of Big Barge Dock Systems Inc., and his crew out of Sicamous have been working around the clock to assemble, sail and attach Kelowna's new downtown pier. A marina that Mallmes says is much more than a gas shack.
"It is most eye pleasing… it is unique in every way."
However, despite it's aesthetically pleasing design, assembly of the pier wasn't always smooth sailing.
"The connections that were designed were complicated to build, it took quite a bit more time, it was almost double the fabrication time, " explains Mallmes.
But fabrication time wasn't the only complication, as Mallmes goes on to say the piles took a lot longer than expected due to the engineers criteria of what the piles were to hold.
"We had to hit them till what you call was refusal, so they ended up being longer than originally anticipated. The piles under the commercial pier are 90 feet."
The length of 90 feet is unusual, according to Mallmes, who says most marinas' piles are estimated at 40-50 feet.
While the new marina isn't the biggest Mallmes and his crew has worked on, it certainly is the most complex and will be the nicest once completed.
"Usually we put a garage pack on them (a marina) with some metal siding for the gas dock not Glulam (glued laminated timber) buildings like these are."
All pier pieces were created in a shop then disassembled and brought to the Tolko work site along Westside Road. The Big Barge Dock Systems Inc. crew then re-assembled the steel portions of the pier, followed by the wood over lay; for a total time of three days per section.
The smoothest part was the transportation of the pier pieces from the Westside to downtown Kelowna.
"It's a two hour ride, you could fish if you wanted to, there is nothing else to do and you're only doing two miles an hour," laughs Mallmes.
The pier will be open to the public Friday September 27.
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