Engineering firm selected to evaluate new Bob Hall Pier design


Nueces County commissioners voted on Friday to select Hanson Engineering to evaluate the design of the new Bob Hall Pier.

At the August 5 meeting, commissioners agreed to select the engineering firm to work with the county’s design consultant to provide insight and insight into 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 that the new pier be designed with two pier piles to provide better surfing conditions for the community, County Judge Barbara Canales told the meeting. The initial design for the new pier featured only one pile.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting oceans and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education.

Hanson Engineering will be engaged as the owner’s representative and the contract will not exceed $30,000.

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 features of the pier 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 angled T at the end of the pier and dining rooms.

The number of pillar piles was not included in the county’s submission of investigation comments.

The pier is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

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