R&M completed four geotechnical investigations to support development of Mertarvik, a new community being developed on the north side of Nelson Island for relocation of Newtok. R&M’s investigations were associated with an airport location study (four sites), borrow material and rock quarry sources (two sites), a barge landing and waterfront facility, and a pile-supported community evacuation center. The extreme remote locations, limited access and support field operations, sensitive tundra vegetation, and design of pile foundations in variable warm permafrost conditions presented unique challenges to completing these geotechnical investigations.