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Kent Narrows Boatel

Hillis-Carnes provided Geotechnical Engineering Services and Construction Materials Testing and Inspection Services for Phase II of the Kent Narrows Boatel, a fully heated indoor boat storage facility that will add an additional 170 boat racks and 12,000 SF of commercial space. The currently proposed construction at the site is to include an addition to the eastern side of the existing Boatel that will be approximately 135 ft by 300 ft in plan. The Boatel is located in Chester, Maryland, near the Piney Narrows Yacht Haven and Kent Narrows. Boatel storage provides boat owners with a safe and secure way to store boats, eliminating the worry of weather exposure and winterization that comes with land storage. The Kent Narrows Boatel provides a full concierge level experience, including coordination of all marine services, helpful dockhands on staff to assist as well as food and beverage provisioning. The new commercial space is on track to be completed by 2021, with hopes to have a new restaurant completed and open in the spring of 2022.

The services provided by Hillis-Carnes at the Kent Narrows Boatel involved exploring the site of work, the performance of laboratory tests, engineering analyses, and the preparation of a geotechnical report. In order to accomplish these objectives, a subsurface exploration program was performed, consisting of five additional Standard Penetration Test (SPT) soil borings. Based on the subsurface conditions at the project site, Cone Penetrometer Testing (CPT), which is an in-situ testing method, was performed at the site to define the subsurface soil parameters more accurately with respect to foundation design and anticipated settlements. After completion of all field exploration and laboratory testing, a geotechnical engineering report was prepared and submitted. The report included the logs of all test holes and a summary of the laboratory testing program results. We included our engineering analyses and recommendations for the geotechnical design and construction of the project.

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