Waterside Design: The entire waterfront will be demolished and rebuilt approximately 70 feet seaward to better accommodate landside and waterside operations. The new configuration accommodates three new ferry slips with two new passenger boarding piers between them. Transfer bridges providing front-end loading are set to different landside heights to optimize access to a vessel fleet with divergent freeboards. The passenger piers have fixed forward platforms and flexible aft floating platforms which allow for 100% accessible side-boarding of all passenger vessels. A pair of linear butterfly-shaped canopies provide cover for each fixed platform. These structures are carried on oval concrete columns, and fabricated from stainless steel center beams, western red cedar outriggers, and point-supported glass roof system. The platforms and bulkhead are equipped with a stainless steel handrail system utilizing a stainless steel strand-mesh enclosure and continuous guardrail system with integral handrail lighting.
Resiliency: The terminal site is situated in flood zone VE13 along the water’s edge and AE13 to the interior. In response to flood zone and sea level rise risks, the design team investigated ways to create a more flood resistant and resilient project. To improve accessibility and minimize impacts from severe storms and flooding, the new waterfront will be elevated 3-4 feet above existing grades. In the context of maximizing accessibility for pedestrians, the terminal was also elevated as much as possible, and will make use of a deployable dry flood-proof panel system to counter any forecast flood event.
The project is scheduled to be complete by mid-2023.