Skanska USA Building Inc. announced December 12 that the 36,000-ton aircraft carrier Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum went on leave from its home at Pier 86 in New York, to a shipyard in Bayonne, New Jersey, to undergo a two-year, $60-million restoration and renovation. Skanska, the United States Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers dredged about 54,000 cubic yards of mud to free the ship from its home of nearly 25 years. The restoration project will include repairs to the ship, opening up more interior spaces to the public and farming out work on some of its vintage aircraft. Skanska will rebuild Pier 86, the permanent home of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, while the ship is on leave. The existing Pier 86 will be demolished down to its existing wood piles. Three hundred sixty epoxy-coated steel piles will be driven up to 180 feet deep to bedrock, and a new concrete pier will be constructed extending 1,000 feet into the Hudson River, covering 117,000 square feet. The pier will include four stair towers and two elevators to provide access into the museum when it reopens in the fall of 2008. Skanska also completed the rebuilding of Pier 84. The reopening of the pier was celebrated by a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Governor George E. Pataki and other local elected officials. Pier 84 covers 98,000 square feet and stretches over 1,000 feet into the water. The pier's amenities include a plaza with a programmed interactive fountain, a café, park store, bike rental concession, water play area for children, a boathouse and classroom, large lawn, community garden, and dog run.