Isle of Palms Marina Dock Rehabilitation

Milestone timeline:

City Council approves contract to Applied Technology Management (ATM) for design, engineering &permitting of dock rehab
Completed: Aug 28, 2018
Aug 28 2018
City Council approves conceptual design for the dock repairs
Completed: Jan 22, 2019
Jan 22 2019
City receives permit from the Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM)
Completed: Jan 13, 2020
Jan 13 2020
City receives permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Completed: May 25, 2020
May 25 2020
City Council approves FY21 budget which includes a bond issue of $2.9M for the construction of the dock project
Completed: Jun 23, 2020
Jun 23 2020
City completes and releases bid package to competitively procure a contractor to perform the dock project
Completed: Jul 10, 2020
Jul 10 2020
Staff holds a Pre-Bid meeting at the IOP Marina to meet contractors, answer questions and walk the project site
Completed: Jul 28, 2020
Jul 28 2020
Deadline for submission of proposals
Completed: Sep 3, 2020
11:00 a.m., September 11, 2020
Ways and Means Committee recommends award of a contract to Salmon's Dredging Co. for the project
Completed: Sep 15, 2020
Sep 15 2020
City Council approves contract for Salmon's Dredging and Corporation in the amount of $4,304,008
Completed: Sep 22, 2020
Sep 22 2020
City hosts Pre-Construction Meeting with key stakeholders to discuss schedule and other considerations
Completed: Oct 20, 2020
Oct 20 2020
City Council approves additional provision for Builder's Risk
Completed: Oct 27, 2020
Oct 27 2020
Contractor begins cleaning and re-coating work on the bulkhead.
Completed: Nov 17, 2020
Nov 17 2020
City Council approves change order from Salmons Dredging for Fuel Hut
Completed: Feb 23, 2021
Feb 23, 2021
Demolition of Dock Area C begins
May 10, 2021
Design work for fuel hut completed
May 15, 2021
Installation of new docks begins
May 24, 2021
Installation of new docks completed
June 7, 2021

In 1999, the City of Isle of Palms purchased the marina facility located at the confluence of Morgan Creek and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The floating docks at the marina are approximately 30-year old timber framed docks. 

The FY21 Budget includes funds to replace the aging docks, including the fuel dock, fuel hut and marine utility infrastructure, located along Morgan Creek. This project also includes needed maintenance for the bulkhead.

The project involves the construction of Phase I and Phase II of the approved conceptual plan of the dock improvement project. 

The City expects to award a contract by the end of September and construction to begin after September 30, 2020. The project is expected to take approximately 5-6 months to complete.  


Project Updates

Marina Rehabilitation Progress Update
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The following informational update from Applied Technology and Management (ATM) was provided to the Real Property Committee on Tuesday May 4, 2021 at their regular meeting.


  • Demolition of the docks west of the boat ramp will commence the week of May 5, 2021 and should only take about a week. Installation of the new docks will commence thereafter on the week of May 24, 2021.
  • All docks to be installed have been prefitted with fire suppression and potable water lines which should speed up the installation process.
  • The installation is expected to be completed by June 7, 2021.
  • Coordination with Dominion Energy continues regarding the installation of new transformers on the site.
  • The installation of the slips behind the marina store will follow the installation of dock area A.
  • ATM and Structurmarine are holding regular calls regarding the design of the fuel hut platform with an estimated completion date of mid-May for design work.
City Council Approves Change Order from Salmons Dredging
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

City Council approved a change order from Salmons Dredging during their meeting on February 23, 2021. The change order results from a heavier than expected fuel hut. The details of the change order can be found here. The change order will be cost shared with the Marina Manager in the amount of $36,400

Progress Report on Marina Rehabilitation Project Presented to Real Property
Monday, January 4, 2021

Administrator Fragoso reported to the Real Property Committee on Monday January 4, 2021 that the bulkhead cleaning is ongoing and going smoothly.  Contractors have been working around the tide schedule which has been challenging but also successful. The City is reviewing a change order along with ATM which will credit the City $37,000 for the specified joint sealant that is no longer being manufactured. The epoxy being applied has been determined to be sufficient, and the contractor is suggesting the resulting savings should be use for ongoing maintenance of the bulkhead.

ATM is reviewing the layout for the submittal to the dock manufacturer, who has indicated some delay in the delivery of the dock. An updated work schedule will be provided to the Real Property Committee when it is made available.

Administrator Fragoso also reported, “[The City has] currently received a new pay application from Salmon’s Dredging that we are evaluating. We are also in the process of executing the boating infrastructure grants the City received for the components of the fuel hut and the fuel dock, roughly around $60,000 to $70,000 that the City was awarded.” The contract is being reviewed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the City Attorney. The matching funds for this grant are already included in the project budget.

City Council Approves Contract
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

City Council approved the award of a contract to Salmon's Dredging for the marina dock replacement and bulkhead re-coating project. The City expects to execute the contract and issue Notice to Proceed by October 1, 2020. The project is expected to take 5-6 months to complete. 

Ways and Means Committee Approves Award of a Contract to Salmon's Dredging Co. for Dock Rehabilitation and Bulkhead Maintenance
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

During its regular committee meeting on September 15, 2020, the Ways and Means Committee approved the award of a contract to Salmon's Dredging Corporation in the amount of $4,304,008 for the Isle of Palms dock rehabilitation and bulkhead maintenance project.

The Ways and Means Committee recommended including $86,000 for IPE decking for all of the floating dock system. IPE is a Brazilian hardwood that does not require preservative treatment, works well with aluminum, is long lasting and requires very little maintenance. 

The project cost breakdown is as follows: 

Dock Replacement Project:

Base bid = $2,737,216

  • IPE decking = $86,000
  • Builder’s Risk = $15,000
  • Fuel Hut = $100,000
  • 15% contingency = $440,732

Total = $3,378,948

Bulkhead Re-Coating: 

  • Re-coating and intense cleaning of the upper and lower work zones = $804,400
  • 15% contingency = $120,660

Total = $925,060

Submission of Proposals
Friday, September 11, 2020

The City opened proposals for RFP 2020-03 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020. A total of three (3) proposals were received. Click here to see the bid tabulation.