Name: WUH Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal 2 Expansion
Location: WUH Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal 2 Expansion
Time-Period: November 2014 – June 2016
Cost: $11 Million
The Port worked closely with Royal Caribbean to identify upgrades needed to improve operations at Cruise Terminal No. 2 for both Voyager class vessels and any larger vessels in the future. Webber was awarded the contract to modify and expand the two-story terminal.
Work features 150,000 square feet of space and terminal seating capacity of over 2,000 passengers (from only 700). The westward expansion and modification of the Cruise Terminal 2 structure includes: converting the passenger check-in area to a baggage lay-down area and modifying the east end of the building to facilitate passenger and baggage screening activities with the ultimate goal of designing and building the expansion so that it will be incorporated into a new Terminal 3 at a later date. All existing services that were upgraded or added, including power, electrical, telecommunication, security, HVAC and mechanical, sewage, potable water as well as improvements to the adjacent uplands area were performed so as not to disrupt current terminal users.
During the project Webber held weekly meetings with the Port to identify work areas needed for action to keep on schedule and request Port authorization. In some cases Webber erected temporary screen walls to keep passengers clear of construction work areas and maintain aesthetics. In all cases Webber kept the construction areas clean of debris before a ship arrived. And even though the cruise schedules were well published, Webber continuously coordinated with the Port to ensure there were no last minute changes or misunderstandings.
The Port of Galveston, Texas’ Star Cruise Port serves as the primary point of embarkation for cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas and each year handles over 1 million cruise passengers, making it the 4th busiest cruise port in the U.S.