Client Port of Galveston

Cruise Terminal 2 Expansion

Galveston, TX

The Port of Galveston has served as a hub for the cruise industry since the early 1990s and ranks as one of the busiest cruise ports in the U.S., handling more than one million passengers each year. In order to accommodate a larger class of cruise ships, the Port of Galveston recognized the need to expand Cruise Terminal 2. The main building is founded on a timber-pile supported mat slab abandoned in place following the implosion and demolition of an existing grain silo originally constructed in the early 1930s.

LAN was a member of the design-build team responsible for the expansion of the cruise terminal building. The project includes the addition of a two-story, 60,000 SF building connected to the existing building and a two-story, 5,000 SF connector bridge. LAN provided structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and limited civil-site design.

Cruise-related operations in the new building include seating for 2,500 passengers, security screening, check-in, and boarding. The project also includes remodeling and renovation of the current terminal to expand areas for disembarkation and luggage processing and screening. Due to the site being identified as a flood hazard area, the project also incorporated design considerations that enable the Port to better withstand natural and man-made disasters, reduce disaster losses and protect life, and property from future disaster damages.

At a glance

Two-story, 60,000 SF building expansion

Two-story, 5,000 SF connector bridge

2,5000 passenger capacity


Foundation system design

Pre-engineered metal building (PEMB)

Floor vibration analysis



Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing

Structural Engineering