RIDGELAND and GULFPORT — Michael Baker Jr. Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation, has been awarded a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport to provide coastal engineering design and other services in support of the $570-million Port of Gulfport Restoration Program, an extensive effort to restore and rebuild the Port of Gulfport following its destruction during Hurricane Katrina.
Baker will serve as prime contractor for the team that will provide field data collection and numerical modeling of waves, water levels, sediment transport, circulation and water quality. Analysis will support development of the Environmental Impact Statement, project permitting, operational layout of the port and structural design of the port facilities.
The Baker team includes marine/coastal engineering subcontractors Ben C. Gerwick Inc., Computational Hydraulics and Transport of Edwards, DIMCO Inc. of Corinth and Ocean Data Technologies Inc., of Cape Cod, Mass.
Mark Osler, Baker’s coastal services manager, said, “The Port of Gulfport Restoration Program is a vital component of Mississippi’s comprehensive plan to recover from Hurricane Katrina. The work to restore and strengthen the port will serve as a cornerstone of the wider infrastructure repair and economic recovery across the coast. Baker is extremely proud to be leading the coastal engineering efforts in support of the Mississippi State Port Authority and has assigned John Smith, P.E., P.L.S., JD, in Baker’s Ridgeland, Miss., office as the project manager for this important work.”