Ohio Civil Engineering and Surveying Firm KS Associates, Inc. Completes Engineering Services for City of Huron, Ohio, Showboat Property

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KS Associates is helping the City of Huron revitalize a long-neglected piece of waterfront property on Lake Erie. Infrastructure improvements will help prepare the site for future economic development.

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The Showboat Property, now owned by the City of Huron, is being revitalized for economic development. KS Associates provided engineering services to improve the site's waterfront infrastructure.

Investing in these improvements will help the City of Huron position the North Main Pier as a desirable public space, ultimately providing residents and visitors improved access to Lake Erie and the Huron River. - Andrew White, Huron City Manager

KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, is helping the of City of Huron (Ohio) revitalize a long-neglected piece of waterfront property near the North Main Pier. The property, located at the north end of Main Street, was home to the former Showboat Restaurant, a popular tourist destination that went out of business and burned down, leaving the site vacant for nearly 40 years. In 2014, the City purchased the property and is rehabilitating it for future economic development.

KS Associates’ role on the project was to conduct an engineering investigation to evaluate existing site conditions and make recommendations for infrastructure improvements. The investigation included conventional surveying, 3D laser scanning, and bathymetric surveying with a sonar device connected to a GPS receiver.

Following the investigation, KS Associates completed design services for the site’s new infrastructure. The design called for the construction of 368 feet of steel sheet pile bulkhead along the site’s shoreline; approximately 90 feet of armor stone revetment to protect the north face of the site from northerly storms; and a 10-foot wide concrete walkway along the perimeter of the site. KS Associates also assisted the City with bidding and submitted all necessary permitting for the project.

The $888,533 construction contract was awarded to Huffman Equipment Rental & Contracting Inc. Construction is anticipated to start July 1, 2015, and to be completed by October 1, 2015.

According to Andrew White, Huron’s City Manager, “Cleaning up the former Showboat Property site is an important stepping stone toward the development of a Waterfront Promenade. Investing in these infrastructure improvements will help us position the North Main Pier as a desirable public space, viable for commercial development, ultimately providing residents and visitors improved access to Lake Erie and the Huron River.”

About KS Associates, Inc.:
KS Associates, Inc. is a civil engineering and land surveying firm founded in 1987. The firm provides planning, design, bidding and construction phase services related to public infrastructure projects in the areas of transportation, potable water, waste water and storm water; site development engineering services for institutional, commercial and residential uses; coastal engineering services; land surveying and mapping services; and 3D laser scanning services. KS Associates, Inc. is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). For more information visit: http://www.ksassociates.com.

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