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On September 22, 2014, a fire broke out at the southeast corner of Berth 177. The fire and fire extinguishing efforts resulted in the removal of the timber wharf deck and framing at Berths 176-177, rendering them unusable for cargo operations and requiring temporary relocation of the tenant.
Originally constructed in 1920s/1930s and rehabilitated throughout the years, the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) initially intended to restore the wharf to its pre-fire damage load carrying and berthing capacities. However, after further analysis, it was determined that it would be more practical to demolish the existing wharf and construct a higher capacity wharf that will provide more utility to the tenant. The POLA considered several design options, including replacing the structure in kind (all timber), utilizing a mix of timber and concrete, or replacing the structure entirely with concrete.
The challenges faced in rehabilitating an old wharf and constructing a new wharf with differing structural elements are presented herein.