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Portage Lakefront Park:  Riverwalk and Fishing Pier
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The Portage Lakefront Park is a new park located on a former industrial site at the northwest corner of the mouth of Burns Waterway.  Located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the city of Portage and the National Park Service cooperated to create a new public access to this area previously not available.  Part of this park's unique facilities are the fishing pier and riverwalk.

Thatcher Foundations, Incorporated, as a subcontractor to Gough, Inc., installed the piling and frame work for the fishing pier and riverwalk.  This work required working with our crane barge and floating equipment to drive the pipe piles and install the deck framing along the west bank of the Burns Waterway.  This project had to be constructed with full consideration of the sensitive environment of the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore.  This required cooperation with the various agencies, including the DNR, the National Park Service, and local governments.

In an effort to complete this project and achieve high standards for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)", Thatcher provided value alternates by using "reused"/recycled pipe for the piling.  The installation was completed in a challenging marine environment without accident or injury, even with the record rains and flooding that wreaked havoc on the waterway and marinas.

The successful completion of this project required cooperative solutions, changing some aspects of the original scope.  The final product exhibits a high level of craftsmanship especially difficult with pile driving over water, making this unique in its application and appearance.

Earth Retention Systems, Driven Piling, Drilled Piling, Micropiles, Marine Construction, 
Specialty Projects, Drilled Foundations, Gary, Indiana

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