The city of Rochester, New York recently completed another successful summer boating season with help from the new Port of Rochester Marina, which opened to the public in June after two-and-a-half years of construction. Located at the confluence of Lake Ontario and the Genesee River, the $22 million project used Kebony Clear decking for the intricate series of docks and walkways that weave through the marina, leading to 54 seasonal boat slips and 30 transient slips.
Settled along the shore of a city rich in retail, dining and tourist attractions, the addition of the Port of Rochester Marina secures the city as a top Great Lakes destination. The new marina offers patrons traditional boating amenities, including pump-out services, a public boat launch and a small ship store, as well as modern amenities like Wi-Fi, electricity and clean drinking water. In addition to connecting to the lake and river, the marina also connects with the Charlotte Pier and the Genesee River Trail System.
“The Port of Rochester Marina is not only a center for seasonal activities like boating but also a source of economic growth for the city,” said Andy Hehl, Manager at Kebony US. “We’re thrilled that Kebony can contribute to the longevity and success of this project as the principle building material for the marina and that Kebony will remain part of the Rochester boating community for years to come.”
When planning for this project, the designers and engineers at Edgewater Resources sought a long-lasting and environmentally friendly material for the boardwalk. After using Kebony wood in 2014 to complete the boardwalk at the Marina at Harbor Shores, the team knew it was also the right choice for this project. Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology permanently modifies the properties of sustainable softwood, giving it the same characteristics as tropical hardwoods, including high durability and dimensional stability. Kebony wood’s hardwearing features make it the ideal material for marina decking, which will constantly be exposed to water and the elements. Over time, the wood will transform from a deep brown color to a beautiful silver-gray patina, while maintaining its low-maintenance durability.
“The marina is set on one of the most beautiful lake locations in the state of New York, so we wanted a decking material that could deliver comparable beauty and also stand up to the unpredictable weather,” said Greg Weykamp at Edgewater Resources. “Kebony’s stability and resistance to rotting make it easy to trust in the wet environment, and its aesthetics are unmatched.