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Alameda Seeks Takers for Historic Crane

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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The City of Alameda (CA) is requesting letters of interest from landowners who can dismantle and relocate its historic crane, located at Pier 5 in San Francisco Bay.

The crane, which is 63 feet tall with a 90-foot boom extension, includes lead paint and asbestos hazards. Proposals open May 10.

The crane currently rests about 150 feet east of the Oakland/Alameda ferry terminal. Officials fear that the structure could not withstand a seismic event or other accident at its current location. Such a failure could disrupt ferry service or emergency lifeline vessels stationed at the terminal, they said.

City of Alameda Crane
Photos: City of Alameda

The city decided to get rid of the crane after an estimate to rehab and stabilize it neared $1 million. The 1941 structure has lead paint and asbestos hazards.

The city considered rehabilitating or stabilizing the crane, but a structural engineering firm’s analysis estimated the cost at $300,000 and $1 million. So the city plans to dismantle and relocate it.

The former United Engineering Company Shipyard complex was founded in 1941 on the original site of the Southern Pacific Company’s West Alameda Rail Yard. United Engineering built the crane the same year as part of the shipyard conversion.

By 1944, the yard converted its primary operations to ship repair. From 1941 to 1945, more than 20 Navy tugboats were constructed there, and hundreds of other ships were repaired. The facility was later acquired by Todd Pacific Shipyards, which operated it until 1981.

Scope of Work, Requirements

Interested firms will be responsible for removing and relocating the crane at their own expense, as well as taking precautions to contain the hazardous materials.

Proposals should include any personal interest by the parties in the project. Proposers must also meet insurance requirements, detailed in the project request for proposal. Legal proof of land ownership is also required.

Alameda Crane

Firms would have to dismantle and move the crane while containing hazardous materials.

Lead analysis by Micro Analytical Laboratories Inc., of Emeryville, CA, showed a range of 1% concentration on the cab at the top of the crane to 15% concentration on the wheel base.

The crane is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reported by Paint BidTracker, a construction reporting service devoted to identifying contracting opportunities for the coatings community.

   

Tagged categories: Asbestos; Construction; Containment; Cranes; Historic Structures; Lead paint abatement; Paint BidTracker

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (2/14/2013, 10:31 AM)

If the lead is contained, the crane dismantled and moved, will it be functional again? Oherwise, why would a private investor want to take it on?


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (2/15/2013, 8:10 AM)

Wealthy private crane enthusiast? Really hardcore WWII re-enactment group?


Comment from Stephen Dobrosielski, (2/15/2013, 8:22 AM)

Maybe they will post something on Craigslist. Somebody in this wide world needs a crane ... maybe only the top piece that actually does the work. Then they could sell the tower for scrap or to use as falsework for the next bridge rehabilitation project. I love Fridays ... a time for the imagination to run wild while trying to save the week.


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