Oakland Army Base

Oakland Army Base – Oakland, CA

Ghirardelli provided Construction Inspection services to the City of Oakland for phase (Infrastructure) of the Oakland Army Base reconstruction project. This $153M project was the first phase in converting 300 acres of the Army’s old 1800-acre Oakland logistics facility to civilian use as a multimodal seaport logistics complex with the partial intent “to shift traffic from trucks to trains on site and thereby reduce truck trips through cities within Alameda County to the Central Valley which will help to improve air quality, neighborhood and roadway safety”.

Ghirardelli Associates provided Construction Inspection services to the City of Oakland for phase (Infrastructure) of the Oakland Army Base reconstruction project. We worked closely with Kennedy and Associates, the designated City Engineer’s representative for the project.
Construction activities included deep dynamic compaction, wick drain installations, electric, water, waste water, communications and storm drain utilities across property, easement and jurisdictional boundaries. It included road construction, a large storm drain outfall to the Bay; temporary and permanent traffic signage and signals and traffic control throughout the project area in this highly industrialized, continually operating seaport area. It should be noted that 99% of all containerized cargo that moved through Northern California during the project period moved through our construction site. Our construction inspectors monitored and reported on the contractor’s field activities, as well as managed and ordered QA special inspection and material testing lab staff as required to confirm construction compliance with the plans and specifications. Enforcement extended to environmental and safety elements of the construction work. In addition to providing construction inspectors, Ghirardelli’s staff duties included providing direction and training to two more junior inspectors, as well as periodic review and correction of their inspection and incident reports.

The work included:
• Deconstruction and demolition of existing army warehouses and other structures
• Removal and replacement of existing electrical, communications, storm drain and sanitary sewer utilities with:
• Lift stations
• Outfalls in the tidal zone
• Storm sewers and drain inlets.
• New and rebuilt streets, sidewalks and bike paths.
• Compaction in preparation for the Phase II structural foundations using:
• Surcharge Compaction and
• Deep Dynamic Compaction.
• Landscaping and irrigation
• Street lighting and traffic signals

During the course of the project, a mating pair of burrowing owls found shelter at the project site to make a nest and grow a family of fledgling owls.