When Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi coastline in 2005, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Gulfport station was completely leveled. It was imperative that the facility constructed in its place be able to withstand future catastrophic storms.
True to the Coast Guard’s motto – “Semper Paratus” or “Always Ready,” the new multimission station was designed and constructed to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds and storm surges of 18 feet above high tide.
Not only was the facility designed to save the lives of the Gulfport Station’s crew, but it also saved the Coast Guard a substantial amount of money. The Request for Proposal indicated that the new station should be reconstructed within the same footprint. Burgess & Niple and design/build partner Tesoro Corporation identified an alternative layout that eliminated the need to excavate old piles saving the Coast Guard an estimated $1 million.
- Designed to LEED® Certified standards
- Mission-critical functions housed on the second and third floors in the event of flooding
- Breakaway walls to allow the storm surge to flow through the building without imposing excessive lateral loads
- State-of-the-art maintenance and living spaces for crew members
- Kitchen, dining room and recreational areas
- Exterior that blends with surrounding waterfront area and meets the region’s Smart Code
- Park-like setting with a gazebo and picnic tables