RICHMOND WATER TRANSIT FERRY TERMINAL

LOCATION: Richmond, California
TYPOLOGY: Transit Terminal
CLIENT: Water Emergency Transportation Authority
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 910 SF

Photography © 2018 Billy Hustace

The newly completed ferry terminal for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), about 1.5 miles from the downtown core, creates a crucial transport connection between Richmond and San Francisco. The project comprises of a new terminal for commuter passenger ferry service, an entry gate with information signage, a passenger waiting area, gangway and ramping system leading from an existing plaza to a new passenger boarding float which accommodates one ferry at a time, while accounting for accessibility and sea level rise in the design. The site is located within the National Park Service’s Rosie the Riveter World War II -- Home Front National Historical Park which includes the Ford Assembly Building, an historically and architecturally distinguished edifice along an existing wharf.

The terminal is designed as an iconic element, visually distinctive, providing passengers panoramic bay and city views, protection from wind and rain, as well as year-round comfort without requiring an HVAC system. The facade is designed with these objectives in mind, and consists of copper-penny-colored metal louvers on the leeward side, and a glass windbreak of bird protective glazing facing windward. The new gangway and ramping system provide full accessibility for passenger loading and unloading from the concrete passenger float. Coordination among numerous public agencies and private owners was required to integrate the project with the Bay Trail, local roadways, and adjacent historic structures. The design and engineering teams also had to navigate both on-land and at-sea construction realities. In addition, the terminal was built to accommodate a 16” sea level rise by 2050, an urgent concern for the Bay Area.

The striking aesthetic quality of the terminal amplifies the social and economic opportunities that the construction of the ferry brings: attracting new visitors, jobs, residents, and cultural events to a long-underserved community. In addition to providing solely needed infrastructure, the terminal is a striking landmark representing Richmond along its coastline. The Terminal makes a huge statement and impression despite its small footprint. Lighting and Signage transform the terminal from daybreak to nightfall; the precisely engineered façade is iconic, as are the panoramic Bay views. Its local impact is already being felt, not only as an amenity for citizens and visitors, but as an economic and cultural revitalization catalyst reciprocally cross-fertilizing activities in business and art. Within its first three months of operation, the new ferry route carried almost 50,000 customers, exceeding all ridership projections. Richmond’s Mayor told the San Francisco Chronicle, “Essentially, it stimulates economic development in Richmond… having a ferry here helps emphasize the fact that we are in fact a waterfront city and that we have the amenities that other waterfront cities have.”

DESIGN TEAM

ARCHITECT: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Manson Construction Co.
CIVIL, STRUCTURAL & MARINE ENGINEER: GHD, Inc
LOUVER FABRICATOR: NorCal Metal Fabricators Inc
LOUVER INSTALLERS: Bassett Architectural USA
LOUVER DETAILER: SGB CADD Services, LLC
LIGHTING DESIGN: Architecture & Light
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: GLS Landscape
TERMINAL FABRICATOR & DETAILER: AMT Metal Fabricators
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: Ghirardelli Associates, Inc.
SIGNAGE DESIGNER: Radiant Brands
COST ESTIMATOR: Leland Saylor Associates


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