The proposed cruise ship terminal will be approximately 52,000 square feet and is planned to be used for public events on days when there are no cruise ships in port. It will be designed as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building and feature equipment that will reduce the building's carbon footprint and water consumption.
Arcadis, U.S., Inc., will be providing construction administration, specialty inspection and testing services to comply with building code inspection requirements. The $1.2 million contract includes managing several components of the project: construction of the terminal, improvements to the pier and the assembly and installation of the mobile gangway connecting the cruise ships to the terminal building.
The Port plans to advertise the project for construction bids during a March/April time frame and will consider authorization of the construction contract by July 2009. The project is targeted for completion in December 2010.
Arcadis U.S., Inc. is responsible for completing more than 11,000 projects throughout the United States that have a combined value exceeding $20 billion. The firm has managed several major building programs in the San Diego area. The Arcadis team proposed for this project was selected from a group of 215 local professionals.
The Port of San Diego is a public benefit corporation and special government entity. Created in 1963 by an act of the California legislature, the Port manages San Diego harbor and administers the public lands along San Diego Bay. The Port has operated without tax dollars since 1970 and has been responsible for 1.5 billion in public improvements in its five member cities - Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego. With a $10.6 billion economic impact on the San Diego region, the Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, a cruise ship terminal, 16 public parks, various wildlife reserves and environmental initiatives, a Harbor Police department and the leases of over 600 tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.