Featured Member: Moffat & Nichol

  • by BPC Staff
  • on October 2, 2018

Walnut Creek, California, September 26, 2018 – Moffatt & Nichol continues to shape the future of waterborne transit in the San Francisco Bay Area by designing new ferry terminals, and modernizing waterfront facilities by designing resilient marine terminals.

Driven by the need to reduce congestion on our roads, the Bay Area is seeing a resurgence of Ferry Transit. Some of the firm’s recent and ongoing ferry terminal design projects include the Downtown Ferry Terminal in San Francisco which is under construction, the Treasure Island terminal which will be operational in 2020, the Sausalito ferry terminal that is being significantly upgraded, and the Alcatraz Island ferry terminal where the wharf will see significant retrofit. The firm’s projects also include the existing ferry terminals in South San Francisco, China Basin, and Downtown San Francisco.

Known as the premier port, coastal, maritime, and waterfront engineering firm in the nation, the firm’s mission is best exemplified in its President’s quote “We don’t want to be the biggest – we enjoy what we do and want to be the best at creating infrastructure that makes people’s lives better”. Their staff have crafted creative and practical strategies for improving the seismic performance of maritime infrastructure at the Port of Long Beach and others, modernizing critical facilities for the Navy and Army along the West Coast, improving the resiliency of coastal communities after Sandy in New York, Katrina in New Orleans, and now Florence in North Carolina, and redeveloping urban waterfront districts in Washington DC, San Francisco, and San Diego.

Locally, M&N has been instrumental in designing major ongoing modifications for two critical facilities:

Chevron Long Wharf in Richmond, which was built in 1902, and is the largest marine oil terminal in California. M&N has been the marine structural engineer for the facility for over 25 years. The Wharf is undergoing a significant modernization program to improve its operational efficiency, comply with current codes and criteria, and to improve safety conditions for crews and operators.

Military Ocean Terminal in Concord (MOTCO), which accounts for 72 percent of all Department of Defense West Coast ammunition handling capacity. M&N is the lead marine structural engineer for several ongoing upgrades to support containerized operations that will allow the Army to maintain the facility’s strategic importance in the Pacific theater.

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