Something Old, Something New in Terminal Expansion (Source: Civil Engineering)

By Kevin Wilcox

March 8, 2016—Later this year, when passengers breeze through the renovated and expanded Cruise Terminal Number 2 at the Port of Galveston in Texas on their way to board Royal Caribbean's mammoth Liberty of the Seas , they will have no clue that the bright, open structure rests on robust foundations designed by engineers in the early 1900s to support massive grain silos.

The Port of Galveston is developing the project to accommodate a larger class of cruise ship at the terminal. Such ships as Liberty of the Seas travel with 4,000 passengers, which brings dramatic increases in the baggage and provisions that move through the terminal building. "In order to accommodate those passengers in a meaningful and successful way, the existing capacity had to be tremendously expanded," says Kyle Rodemacher, P.E., M.ASCE, the design technical service manager for Webber, LLC, a construction firm headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas. Webber is the lead design/build contractor on a team that includes BEA Architects, of Miami, and Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam (LAN), headquartered in Houston.


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