Marina Cabo San Lucas—A Case Studyby Gordon R. Fulton, Concept Marine Associates, Inc, Berkeley, United States,
Abstract: Designing and constructing a high quality, state-of-the-art marina is a difficult task in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or San Francisco. But when the marina development is in a remote location like Cabo San Lucas, the task becomes far more difficult. Remote location construction complexities should be a major consideration from the earliest stages of planning. Among the early issues to be addressed, which have a significant impact on design, are: transportation impacts; availability and appropriateness of materials; what is the skill level of local work forces; appropriate construction technologies; impacts on cost and schedule. Further on in the development process, other issues surface which are preferably dealt with through planning, rather than on-the-spot decision making: setting standards of quality; construction management structure; quality assurance; differences in cultural and economic styles of doing business; contracting plan. The completed Marina Cabo San Lucas is a source of pride not only for the American and Mexican engineers involved, but also for the local community and work force who are aware that they participated in a very special project unlike anything ever built in the area before.
Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Case studies | Quality control | Contracts | Employees | Construction materials | Business administration | Urban areas | North America | California | Los Angeles | Mexico | United States
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