New restrooms, crosswalk improvements ahead near Old Town Dock

Visitors to Tacoma’s recently renovated Old Town Dock could soon see more improvements.

The City of Tacoma is poised to award a contract to Olympia, Wash.-based Rod McConkey Construction for a project that would bring a variety of new amenities to the area near the 141-year-old pier, including two public restrooms, sidewalk and crosswalk improvements, a rain garden, and new landscaping and irrigation.

The City set a project budget of approximately $260,000 using bond funds and began to solicit bids in November. A pre-bid meeting was held on Dec. 3. The deadline to submit bids expired on Dec. 17.

Ten contractors submitted bids for the project: Nordland Construction NW (Nordland, Wash.) — $262,000; Bershauer Construction, Inc. (Olympia, Wash.) — $237,609; Lincoln Construction, Inc. (Spanaway, Wash.) — $242,905; Westmark Construction (Tacoma, Wash.) — $336,691; Rod McConkey Construction, LLC (Olympia, Wash.) — $218,777.83; T Miller Construction (Auburn, Wash.) — $303,700; Pease & Sons, Inc. (Tacoma, Wash.) — $254,548; Durels Construction & Management, LLC (Tumwater, Wash.) — $231,355; Jody Miller Construction (Tacoma, Wash.) — $281,000; and Pease Construction (Lakewood, Wash.) — $249,750.

According to City staff, the contract with Rod McConkey Construction reflects a base award of $218,777.83, plus applicable sales tax, plus a 20 per cent contingency, for a cumulative amount of $262,533.40, plus applicable sales tax.

Tacoma’s once-crumbling and shuttered Old Town Dock, located at 2200 Ruston Way, was closed to the public in the summer of 2008 for a variety of safety reasons, including a deteriorating deck and structural deficiencies. The dock re-opened last May following a $2.3 million renovation.

Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the contract during a meeting on Tues., Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. at Tacoma City Hall, located at 747 Market St., in downtown Tacoma. More information is available online here and here.



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Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index and recipient of an award for Outstanding Achievement in Media from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for his work covering historic preservation in Tacoma and Pierce County. He has earned four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including third-place honors for his feature article about the University of Washington’s Innocence Project; first-place honors for his feature article about Seattle’s bike messengers; third-place honors for his feature interview with Prison Legal News founder Paul Wright; and second-place honors for his feature article about whistle-blowers in Washington State. His work has also appeared in All About Jazz, City Arts Tacoma, Earshot Jazz, Homeland Security Today, Jazz Steps, Journal of the San Juans, Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise, Prison Legal News, Rain Taxi, Real Change, Seattle Business Monthly, Seattle magazine, Tablet, Washington CEO, Washington Law & Politics, and Washington Free Press. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. His journalism is collected online at