The city of San Francisco held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 31 for the Cruise Terminal project at Pier 27, part of a series of buildings to be constructed in connection with the America’s Cup boat race.
Turner Construction is the contractor for the project for the Port of San Francisco, which will provide 600 jobs for various trades throughout construction, according to the port. The Department of Public Works will manage construction of the $92 million, 88,000 square foot, two-level facility.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors upheld the Environmental Impact Report on the new Cruise Terminal and 34th America’s Cup events on Jan. 24, allowing for construction to begin immediately.
“Today we break ground on this key port infrastructure project in our city’s preparations to host the 34th America’s Cup that will bring thousands of new jobs and nearly a billion dollars in economic impacts,” Mayor Ed Lee said. “The Cruise Terminal is a great example of how San Francisco is
leveraging the resources and energy of the 34th America’s Cup for jobs and long-term economic benefits for the City.”
Lee said that the America’s Cup “will be an exciting, sustainable and successful series of events in San Francisco history and leave a legacy along our City’s waterfront for generations.”
America’s Cup Schedule
America’s Cup World Series in San Francisco:
Aug. 11-19 and Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2012.
Other races outside of San Francisco:
July 4-Sept. 1, 2013
America’s Cup Finals in San Francisco:
Sept. 7-22, 2013.
A press release from the Mayor’s office noted that the economic impact to San Francisco from the 34th America’s Cup events in 2012 and 2013 could be more than $1 billion, including spending and jobs across the visitor, hospitality, construction and transportation industries.
The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council is currently pursuing a Project Labor Agreement for America’s Cup work.
San Francisco Port Commission President Doreen Woo Ho said, “This new cruise terminal, and the world attention that the America’s Cup will bring to our waterfront, will benefit our local and global visitors, as well as our tenants and local businesses, for decades to come.”
Industry Generated $40 Million
Plans for a new cruise terminal have been in the works since 1998, when a study by the Port of San Francisco projected growth in the cruise ship industry and the need to expand existing facilities to accommodate larger ships. In September 2007, the Cruise Terminal Advisory Panel formed by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom selected Pier 27 to be the primary site because it would be the most cost-effective and strategic location on the San Francisco waterfront. Pier 27’s substructure is in generally good condition and no major repairs will be necessary. Pier 27 and Pier 29 are structurally integrated and were built in 1967, constructed with pile-stressed concrete piles with concrete slab and aprons. Approximately $2.5 million of seismic upgrades for substructure decks of Piers 27 and 29 were completed in 1995.
The cruise industry in San Francisco generated almost $40 million in 2011, with an average contribution per home-ported vessel call of $1.2 million, according to the Mayor’s office, which noted that the cruise industry supports not just the tourism industry but also maritime industries such as tug and tow operators, bar pilots, ship suppliers and longshore workers.