To support tourism and recreation while restoring maritime history, the City of New Castle embarked on a waterfront redevelopment project. The project’s focal point was a new dock to service the historic vessel, Kalmar Nyckel, other visiting tall ships and Forts DuPont and Mott Ferries. The new dock replaced a pier that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and, therefore, design and construction needed to be robust to handle the frequently harsh environment of the Delaware River. Ultimately, the dock was designed and constructed with a state-of-the-art pile foundation and substructure designed to meet the historic aesthetics and sustainability sought by the City.

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