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Work has begun on Rose Marco River Marina’s $15 million facelift, according to Dan High, general manager.

Workers began setting the walls in place for the new boat-storage facility on the property last week.

“Wow, we’re finally seeing all the hard work and efforts by so many over the last two-plus years come together as these walls start being put in place,” said High.

The new state-of-the-art boat house is the first phase of the project for a complete facelift and modernization for the marina complex.

“We expect to be completed with this phase of the project and have boats under the new roof by Oct. 1 of this year. That will include having everyone back into the offices they had to vacate when we started construction,” said High.

GCM Construction Solutions of Fort Myers, specialists in “tilt-up” cement buildings, is contracted for the work.

“After we had the old boat house removed, GCM had a temporary-pour floor installed. The temporary floor facilitated a work platform to have the large outer wall panels poured in place,” said High.

The weight of those panels would have precluded shipping them to the project, he said.

Some of the outer panels weigh up to 220,000 pounds, and had to be be poured on-site. Plus, 60 smaller panels will be coming in by truck and have been arriving on schedule, High said.

Anchoring points

Deadman mounts had been poured in place to provide for anchoring points on the ground for the large prop poles that bolt to anchoring points on the walls. These secure the walls as each panel is placed on a large cement footer and grouted in place.

Each abutting wall is bolted together; when the roof is set in place, the entire building will be a unified structure, said High.

Once the walls, cement petitions and roof are installed, the temporary-pour floor will be removed and a 15-inch thick cement floor poured in place.

The building itself is rated for sustained winds of 175 mph; a state-of-the-art fire-protection system plus water treatment provisions are to be provided, High said.

“Our customers have been extremely understanding during this entire process, as have our neighbors who have been great,” said High.

The next step in the process will involve upgrading all the infrastructure to provide a service facility.

Infrastructure upgrades will be done first, High said. Those will include updated stormwater collection and treatment, sanitary sewer, enhancements to the pedestrian access throughout the complex, improvements to material loading zones and changes to lighting and pedestrian crosswalks.

The last phase of the construction will be the location of the boat-sales operation to the area across the street, with a small sales office and improved landscaping and parking provisions.

More information

Rose Marco River Marina is at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, call 394-2502, or go to rosemarina.com.

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