When Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi coastline in 2005, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Gulfport station was completely leveled. It was imperative that the facility constructed in its place would be able to withstand future catastrophic storms.
True to the Coast Guard’s motto – “Semper Paratus” or “Always Ready,” the new multimission station was designed and constructed to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds and storm surges of 18 feet above high tide.
Not only was the facility designed to save the lives of the Gulfport Station’s crew, it also saved the Coast Guard a substantial amount of money. The original plan was to reconstruct the new station within the same footprint as the previous facility. Instead, B&N and design/build partner Tesoro Corporation identified an alternative layout that eliminated the need to excavate old piles, saving the Coast Guard an estimated $1 million.