Coast Guard to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new facility at Cleveland moorings

Artist's rendering of the new Coast Guard facility at the Cleveland moorings. Image courtesy of Scarapotti Construction Group.

Artist's rendering of the new Coast Guard facility at the Cleveland moorings. Image courtesy of Scarapotti Construction Group.

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new facility at the Cleveland moorings to replace the current buildings, Tuesday, at 3 p.m.

Scheduled to attend the ceremony are: Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District; Ohio Senator George Voinovich; and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

The Fiscal Year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill provided $16.8 million in funding “to complete the project proposal to renovate, improve, or construct a new Station and Marine Safety Unit Cleveland Harbor, Ohio, and to begin work on this project.” $16.8 million funds the first phase of the project; constructing a two-story operations building on vacant land just west of the existing main building.

It will include 24,500 square feet of operational, administrative and crew berthing spaces. The building design will incorporate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental standards and will be designed in concert with the surrounding Cleveland waterfront development.

The contract to design and build the new facility was awarded to Scaparotti Construction Group, of Cleveland. The design will continue this winter with construction to begin in the spring, with completion estimated in the fall of 2012.

“This new facility represents a tremendous step forward that will allow Coast Guard men and women to better respond to maritime threats and emergencies in and around the Cleveland area,” said Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District.

Almost 100 U.S. Coast Guard personnel (64 active duty, seven civilians and 26 reservists) work on Lake Erie’s shore at the end of East Ninth Street in Cleveland. The base is home to Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Station Cleveland Harbor, Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, Electronics Support Detachment Cleveland and a Coast Guard Exchange.

Cutter Neah Bay is moored to a World War II-era pier that is corroded and failing. Marine Safety Unit Cleveland is located in several World War II-era buildings that are too small and expensive to maintain. Station Cleveland Harbor’s crew has resided in “temporary” spaces since repeated sewage overflows forced it out of its previous location in 2005.

The ceremony will be held at the Cleveland Moorings, 1055 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, OH 44114.

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