Project Description

Client: Trident Seafoods
Location: Naknek, Alaska
Project Size: Multiple processing facility upgrades including 6,000 sq. ft. new processing area with a 4,000 sq. ft. mezzanine
3,000 sq. ft. ice house
25,500 sq. ft. New Cooler and Dock
10,800 sq. ft. Dry Storage Building
Owner: Trident Seafoods

Home to the world’s largest run of wild Sockeye salmon, Trident Seafoods has operated a fish processing plant on the edge of Bristol Bay in Naknek, Alaska for 40 years. When it came time to upgrade the plant, Fisher’s success as the design|builder of leading fish processing plants in Cordova and Valdez caught Trident’s attention.

Fisher’s point cloud capture made short work of a complex project

Working between fishing seasons and the narrow weather window for material delivery and construction, Fisher’s design|build team immediately went to work evaluating the structure and addressing the required upgrades. Fisher’s design team laser scanned the existing building and site and created 3D point cloud data from which the team created precise walk-through models.

3D point cloud scans erased the miles between Fisher’s home office and the Alaskan wilderness; throughout the project the entire team was able to virtually walk the facility, obtain measurements, review clashes, and visually evaluate structural components.

Precise documentation was important because, over the years, additions and new equipment rendered original as-built drawings insufficient for the fast-paced project. But by using leading-edge technology, Fisher captured the current as-built information for design without the entire team having to walk, measure and redraw.
Taking a design and making it a functioning reality was the next hurdle. Fisher quickly organized all of the materials needed for the renovation, loading 93 Conex containers on three barges to make the 2,000-mile trip before freezing temperatures closed the port. On-site in Naknek, Fisher crews removed the old equipment, made structural upgrades, and renovated the entire processing plant.
The seven-month renovation was completed by the following spring, ready for Trident to process tens of millions of fish for shipping around the world.