Tramway and Burn-site Re-build
A devastating fire in 1989 destroyed the Cape Decision Boathouse, tramway, and lots of decking. The charred remains pose a massive hazard and liability for CDLS, and makes accessibility to the lighthouse more difficult and dangerous.
Zeno Martin, long time CDLS volunteer and structural engineer with the Seattle firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. (WJE) conducted a valuable assessment of the existing pier structure. The purpose of which was to assess it’s continued use as well as the future prospects of rebuilding it. During the survey, Martin discovered irreparable damage throughout much of the remaining structure.
With his recommendations, CDLS has now condemned the pier.
The good news is that Martin and his firm, WJE, have donated design services aimed at mitigating the loss of this important access point. The conceptual design shown in these drawings maintains use of existing foundations and restores structural elements in their existing and historic locations. The new lumber and timber elements used for the restoration design are based on efficient use of material already available on site.
We are incredibly grateful for the work that WJE has done for our lighthouse. The CDLS board is currently developing the plan and funding strategy for implementing this design.