Brookings Harbor Tsunami Repairs

DOWL assisted the Port of Brookings Harbor in executing the Port’s $7 million tsunami recovery program following the March 2011 Japanese earthquake. The resulting tsunami caused the Port’s commercial receiving dock to collapse; caused sediments within the boat basin to shift; swept away approximately 40% of the Port’s commercial moorage; and caused significant damage throughout the basin. In order to return the Port to full working order as quickly as possible, DOWL rapidly quantified and documented damages, prepared FEMA funding applications and support documentations, consulted with FEMA throughout the funding process, and managed the funding oversight process in collaboration with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Our team provided tied-back sheet pile bulkhead and hoist designs to replace the failed receiving dock. DOWL provided modern floating dock and piling designs, assisted the Port with competitive procurement of prefabricated floats, and provided bidding and construction oversight services for barge-mounted pile driving work. Additional services included removal and replacement of all remaining treated timber piling in the port with new steel piling, dredging, environmental permitting, county building permits, construction oversight, archaeological monitoring, dock-mounted utility design, OEM audit coordination, and FEMA project close-out audit support.


Brookings, Oregon


Pacific Northwest


Port of Brookings




Construction Administration and Inspection



Project Management and Owner’s Representation