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The first priority of this contract was Galena—this community was in peril because of an epic flood of 12 feet of water in June 2013; 90% of the homes were impacted.  We were brought on board 8 April 14 as project manager for the State of Alaska on behalf of the Louden Tribal Council. We accepted the challenge of being able to plan and mobilize as quickly as possible to maximize the 2014 summer construction season.  The project kickoff meeting was held within an hour of signing the contract, and two days later, our project manager, Mr. Patrick LeMay, PE, was in Galena conducting a “boots on the ground” site reconnaissance to determine what was needed to get the first nine elevated home foundations built before 1 June when volunteers from the Lower 48 would be arriving to begin assembling home kits.  By 12 April, we had written requests for proposals for steel fabrication and construction bidders.  By 21 April, steel and construction contracts were issued.  The construction contractor mobilized to Galena on 4 May, and steel began arriving via plane on 5 May. Within six weeks of the contract signing and kickoff meeting, the first nine elevated home foundations (using 8-inch diameter schedule 80- 32-foot steel helical piles) were complete using high quality materials, engineering design to withstand a 100-year flood, and premium workmanship.  By the end of the 2014 summer construction season, LeMay Engineering & Consulting, Inc. had managed the installations of nine new helical pile foundations and the elevations of 32 homes with new helical pile foundations ($8 million value of construction).  Ten more structures were elevated in 2015.

The second priority of this contract was to relocate and elevate three homes in Alakanuk.  Due to loss of land related to erosion of two sections of the southern channel of the Yukon River—land is being lost at a rate of approximately 1.42 acres per year, three homes were in immediate danger of falling into the river. Within 32 days of signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Alakanuk, LeMay Engineering & Consulting, Inc. had conducted “boots on the ground” site reconnaissance to determine what was needed to manage the relocation and elevation of the three homes and gather information to prepare written requests for proposals for steel fabrication and construction bidders.  Mr. LeMay provided guidance to the city’s force labor crew. As of January, 2016, this project is 85% complete. Thinking outside the box occurred to identify ways to complete the work with the community not having working construction equipment to complete the project. Mr. LeMay hired a professional Construction Equipment Mechanic to evaluate the City of Alakunuk equipment for recommended repairs.

The third priority of this contract was to manage the relocation and elevation of two homes in Quinhagak.  Due to loss of land—land is being lost at a rate of approximately 100 feet per year, two homes were in immediate danger of falling into the river.  Within 2 days of signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Quinhagak, LeMay Engineering & Consulting, Inc. had conducted “boots on the ground” site reconnaissance to determine what was needed to manage the relocation and elevation of two homes, and prepared written requests for proposals for steel fabrication and construction bidders. Mr. LeMay provided  guidance to the city’s force labor crew.

We are currently working on a project in Hughes as the forth priority of this contract.  The City of Hughes City Hall/Post Office is a two-story building with approximately 2,400 square feet, not including the basement, and includes four entrances, one ADA ramp, and one loading dock.  This project includes managing the removal of all mechanical and electrical utilities from the basement, managing the elevation of the building to above the flood elevation with new support posts, backfilling the basement, and installing mechanical and electrical utilities on the first floor.

We are also currently working on a project in Galena as the fifth priority of this contract to manage the elevation of City Hall/Health Clinic.

Additionally, our projects in Quinhagak, Alakanuk, and Hughes involved using the city’s force labor crew with LeMay Engineering & Consulting, Inc. operating on behalf of the respective cities and providing guidance and direction when needed. Unique responsibilities specific to working with the city’s force labor crews include:

  • Interviewing local laborers for force labor crew;
  • Training city bookkeeping on Quickbooks and invoicing;
  • Using FEMA/State Force Account Forms; and
  • Participating in Council Project Update meetings.