Webber and LAN Build Newest Galveston Cruise Terminal Upon Unique Foundation

By Debra Wood

Adding terminal capacity to one of the busiest cruise ports in the country in Galveston, a design-build team created a $12.7 million terminal addition that rests on the foundation of an 1930s-era grain silo, a blend of new and old that works for the port. 

“We are proud we were able to develop a creative foundation solution, which required support from the entire design-build team,” says Jon D. Jelinek, an Associate with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) in Houston and structural engineer of record.

The Port of Galveston handles more than one million cruise passengers a year and is the fourth busiest cruise port in the nation. It ranks among the top 10 in the world. The original buildings were cargo facilities, for cotton and other products exported by Texas. They were retrofitted to basic facilities to operate as cruise terminals years ago.

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