Selected Projects > East Bank Esplanade & Fire Station 7

The development of a $16 million public bikeway and linear waterfront park. The project elements included extensive hardscape plaza elements, elevators, handicapped access, floating walkways, docks, lighting, and extensive landscape. Chris Steinbrecher was responsible for management of all phases including contractor selection, bidding document preparation evaluation, value engineering, cost analysis, plans and specifications review, construction oversight, contract administration, closeout and turnover. The works were constructed with a variety of funds including tax increment, FHWA, ODOT, local funds and in-kind contributions. The work was under the scrutiny of many diverse agencies. The project required detailed coordination between permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Division of State Lands and National Marine Fisheries Service, City of Portland Bureau of Buildings and Portland Department of Transportation. Local neighborhood associations kept close watch on the project. Access for contractors was limited to one point of ingress and egress. In-water work was done in 30-day work windows that were announced without notice by the regulatory agencies. General contractors at times were required to share the same site, working around the clock in alternating 12-hour shifts. Chris was responsible for managing all of these diverse elements. One phase of this project was a study to site the Portland Fire Bureau’s Historic Fire Boat (the David Campbell) at the transient tie-up dock at the base of Station 7. The project scope evolved into a light-filled, tensile structured boathouse, crew quarters for the engine company and an apparatus garage on an upland parcel. Close coordination was required with Phase one, the Oregon State Marine Board, multiple city bureaus, the Portland Development Commission, and the Fundraising arm of the Portland Fire Bureau.