By CAROL COMEGNO
The Home Port Alliance has signed a million-dollar
contract with a project management firm as it begins work
to turn the battleship USS New Jersey into a memorial
The firm, Hill International of Willingboro, will oversee
more than $20 million worth of design and construction for
a pier in Camden, ship refurbishment and a landside exhibit
and visitor center.
"Hill will develop a master plan and we will be
energetically implementing that plan to restore the ship
and open it as world-class museum and memorial," said
Retired Navy Capt. David McGuigan, alliance president.
The nonprofit alliance will have its first office at the
Broadway Terminal in Camden, where the battleship is to
undergo an estimated $7.3 million overhaul. The ship is to
be moved to a new pier near Wiggins Park in time for a a a
projected opening in late 2001.
The alliance is currently seeking applicants for seven
jobs, including an administrative assistant and several
tradesmen, including an electrician and a heating and air-
conditioning specialist. The only full-time employee now is
Thomas Seigenthaler, the executive director.
The office address is Building P-1, Broadway Terminal,
2500 Broadway, Camden 08104.
Seigenthaler said the Verizon strike delayed the
installation of a telephone. He said he expects a telephone
number to be available by next week.