Years of Planning for the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project: Now It’s Time to Build! Rapidly but Gently!

by Brian Hubel, P.E., (M.ASCE), USACE’s South Pacific Division Dam Safety Production Center., Brian.A.Hubel@usace.army.mil,
Eunhye Kim, P.E., (M.ASCE), Geotechnical design section of the San Francisco District of the USACE., Eunhye.Kim@usace.army.mil,



2021


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2021, Vol. 25, Issue 4, Pg. 24-31


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: When a complicated project is completed, and you ask the engineers, "What was the most challenging part of this project?" a couple of difficulties usually come to mind. We’ve all heard war stories from engineers who’ve encountered challenges like endangered species in a project area, extended project duration and scope changes, funding difficulties, tough environmental regulations and conditions, contentious real estate negotiations, utility relocations, coordination difficulties with many stakeholders, railroad crossings in the project footprint, or even Acts of Congress. The South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project has faced all these challenges, plus the complicated predictions of sea level rise and ecosystem restorations, working in a wet environment, and millions of cubic yards of earthwork on soft Young Bay Mud marine clay.

Subject Headings: Project management | Bays | Shoreline protection | Marine clays | Endangered species | Financing | Laws and regulations | Real estate

 

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