Oregon Inlet Fishing Center gets major facelift

By on April 23, 2024

The new Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Building. (Photo credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
The new Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Building. (Photo credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
The new Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Building. (Credit: Kip Tabb/OBV)
Members of the National Park Service and the King family cutting the ribbon. (Credit Kip Tabb/OBV)
View from the deck of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. (Credit Kip Tabb/OBV)
Aerial view of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. (Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
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The new Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Building. (Photo credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
The new Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Building. (Photo credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
The new Oregon Inlet Fishing Center Building. (Credit: Kip Tabb/OBV)
Members of the National Park Service and the King family cutting the ribbon. (Credit Kip Tabb/OBV)
View from the deck of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. (Credit Kip Tabb/OBV)
Aerial view of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. (Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
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By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Update: The Voice published the incorrect opening date for the new facility. It will open its doors to the public on May 1.

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After two years of construction, the centerpiece of an improved and more resilient facility at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center opens its doors to the public on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024. Built on the location of the original building that was destroyed in the 1962 Ash Wednesday storm, the new facility includes a retail store, ticketing area, restaurant and a conference room.

Asked if there was an estimated cost for the project, Mike Barber, Public Affairs Officer for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, wrote in an email, “The replacement marina store and restaurant facility cost the lessee roughly $4 million.

On a walking tour with local press, David Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks in Eastern North Carolina, indicated the new building was “approximately 11 feet above sea level…From a resilience standpoint, once we get a storm surge that’s more than 11 feet, we’re all in big trouble.”

Although the new building is the cornerstone of the work done over the past five years, there are other significant improvements that have been made to the infrastructure for the charter fleet.

In December 2018, the National Park Service entered into a 20-year lease agreement with Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, LLC. According to Hallac, part of the proposed lease agreement from the Oregon Fishing Center team included “improvements to the bulkheads in the dock area. Those improvements have been made,” he said.

“The entire bulkhead around this marina is about 1,700 linear feet. [It was] completely repaired…and refurbished…in a way that it will last for at least two or three more decades,” Hallac said.

Russ King, managing operator of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, pointed out that the improvements to the dock area were more extensive than the bulkhead.

“Originally there was a fuel box [and fuel pumps] over the water. What we wanted to do was create a more safe marine experience for the charter boats,” King said. “So we are putting in slip fueling…The boat just stays [in its slip]. Before they would have to come back out and pull into the dock.”

King is also experimenting with materials that will last longer than the wooden walkway that is now in use around the docks.

“It’s called Titan decking,” he said. “This is going to last…say 20 or 30 years whereas…every year we’re replacing the wood in these docks.”

Other improvements will follow. The old fishing center, a line of buildings built in 1963 following the Ash Wednesday Storm, will be torn down soon and “the old fishing center building marina store and restaurant will be demolished over the coming year,” King noted.

As he talked about the improvements that have been made, King said that “We felt at the end of the day here, we have the best charter fleet up and down the East Coast…We now are going to have the facilities that match the reputation.”

In describing the far-reaching influence of the Fishing Center, Hallac King’s observation in his remarks at the ribbon cutting. “The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center has been a location that charter boat captains have left from to establish probably one of the most famous and well-regarded recreational and charter boat fishing fleets in the world. We know people come here from all over the world and have…amazing experiences,” he said.

That heritage was on the mind of Mac Buben, who with his father Jeffrey, will be running the Sea Chef Kitchen, the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center restaurant.

Buben recalled visiting the Outer Banks as a child.

“We always came down here in and watched the boats come in. That was the main event,” he said. “We want to be a part of bringing that back where you can come out have a drink, great, fresh food and enjoy being at Oregon Inlet…”


BIDDER PRE-QUALIFICATION REQUEST:

Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


 



Comments

  • Lisa

    It looks beautiful. Ihope there is a new access for handicap too, so they can enjoy it.

    Wednesday, Apr 24 @ 8:59 am
  • Glenn

    How awesome is that! Congratulations to all! Can’t wait to try out the new restaurant & buy some fresh seafood! Wish the entire team much success!

    Wednesday, Apr 24 @ 10:58 am
  • Notanisland

    With any luck this will attract plenty of visitors. We must get the numbers of revenue back to a staggering amount!

    Friday, Apr 26 @ 9:11 am
  • Charles

    Ate at Sea Chef last night. The food is very good ! Highly recommend.

    Friday, Apr 26 @ 2:57 pm