Cruise Terminal 2 Expansion – Port of Galveston

Galveston Texas

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 US, handling more than a 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 included 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 of Galveston 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

Floor vibration analysis



Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing

Structural Engineering


Port of Galveston

Related Work

MEP Engineering

Ports Marine and Coastal

Structural Engineering