Nueces County commissioners voted on Friday to select Hanson Engineering to evaluate the design for the new Bob Hall Pier.
During the Aug. 5 meeting, commissioners agreed to select the engineering firm to work with the county’s design consultant to provide insight and consideration on design concepts, construction cost impacts and functional use for various groups using the pier.
The decision comes after the Coastal Bend chapter of the Surfrider Foundation requested the new pier be designed with two pier piles to provide better surfing conditions for the community, County Judge Barbara Canales said during the meeting. The initial design for the new pier featured only one pier pile.
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting oceans and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education.
Hanson Engineering will be contracted to serve as an owner’s representative and the contract will not exceed the amount of $30,000.
The Bob Hall Pier, built in 1950, was destroyed during Hurricane Hanna in 2020. Commissioners voted in December 2020 to demolish and rebuild the pier.
Nearly 700 Corpus Christi residents responded to a survey earlier this year about what pier features they want to see. Many were in favor of widening the pier from 15.5 feet to 20 feet, adding two sets of public restrooms in the concession area, and expanding the angular T at the end of the pier and dining areas.
The number of pier piles was not included in the county’s presentation of survey feedback.
The pier is expected to be completed by mid-2023.
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