Work proceeds on BP expansion

Published on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 by Jack Kintner

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The BP Cherry Point Refinery at 4519 Grandview Road is replacing their 38-year-old maintenance and shop complex (MSC) building with two new structures located in the northeast corner of their property.

The nearly $50 million project began a little over two years ago and currently has about 70 contractors working on-site. 

Ground was broken on the complex last July after what project manager Dan Abbey said was an intense two-year planning phase.

The larger of the two structures is a 91,000 square foot building that will have four different bays, including a single story and a two-story office complex and two shop and maintenance bays between them that will be 45 feet tall.

“It’s time to expand the space we have to do this work,” Abbey said, saying the construction was warranted both by increased activity at the refinery and the age of the buildings that are being replaced.

Jacobs engineering Bellevue did engineering and architecture and Dawson construction of Bellingham is the primary contractor.

Other local area contractors include IMCO Construction (site preparation and utilities), Blythe Plumbing, Bellingham electrical contractor VECA and Ferndale Ready-mix for concrete work.

To support the structure piling have been driven 75 feet, a job that’s just now being completed, Abbey said.
As a part of the mitigation effort to offset the impact of the construction BP is upgrading its Terrell Creek property adjacent to the refinery.

Construction is expected to be finished in 15 months.