Agreement between city and Triton Engineering means firm will be on-call for boat slip, dock, float and shoreline protection projects.
CORONADO—The City Council of Coronado approved a professional services contract with Triton Engineering, May 7; the contract award means the city of Coronado will have an engineering firm on-call for various consulting services, specifically when it comes to projects for boat slips, docks, floats and shoreline protection.
Triton was hired to provide plan checking services submitted to City Hall for permitting and processing, particularly as they relate to boat slip, dock or float projects.
“Consulting services will include … initial review to verify that the submitted plans conform to structural design standards, layout, and geometric and material use requirements; review of revisions that are submitted to correct previously identified deficiencies; and, any other marine or waterway-related design service that requires specialized expertise,” Coronado city staff stated in a report to City Council members.
City staff added an on-call consulting contract was preferred over a project-by-project consultation.
“Rather than utilizing an on-call consultant to provide professional services when necessary, the city could solicit proposals for consulting services on a project-by-project basis,” city staff said of an alternative plan, had council members not hired Triton. “However, such an approach could prove to be problematic for unanticipated tasks with quick deadlines, and would be less cost effective.”
Triton was one of two companies responding to Coronado’s Request for Qualifications, which was publicly issued in February.
“Two qualified proposals were received and staff determined that Triton Engineering was the firm best qualified to provide the required on-call marine consulting services,” city staff stated in a report to council members.
Coronado and Triton had been working in the same capacity since 2014, but the five-year term between the city and engineering firm expired on May 31.
Exact details of the contract terms were not mentioned on the city staff report to council members. City staff, however, did mention the “anticipated expenditures for [Triton’s] services are proposed in the FY 2019-20 budget.”
City staff regularly relies upon engineering consultants to maintain conformance with various standards outlined in Coronado and California’s published policies, particularly “Standard Specifications for Boat Slips, Docks and Floats within the Wharfage Area, Coronado Cays Development” and “California Department of Boating and Waterways Guidelines for Marina Berthing Facilities.”
“To ensure the city has access to this type of expertise, as-needed professional service agreements are signed with qualified firms which allow staff to negotiate individual work orders in an expeditious manner based on the scope of work required for specific projects or tasks,” city staff stated. “Retaining an as-needed consultant creates administrative efficiencies that allow the city to add capacity in a cost-effective manner.”