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Downtown SF Ferry Terminal Expansion


San Francisco, CA

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The Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion Project is WETA’s largest project to date and is central to a region wide Ferry System buildout being undertaken by WETA. It has expanded ferry service throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and serves as an emergency service facility in the event of a regional disaster.

The project was awarded in two phases – Phase 1 was the demolition of San Francisco’s Pier 2, dredging of the terminal turning basin, and installation of the first 154 large diameter steel pilings. Phase 2 included all remaining ferry terminal elements made up of two new ferry gates, rehabilitation of the existing ferry gate E, the addition of weather-protection canopies, expanded pedestrian promenade areas and a new granite plaza with amphitheater seating and landscaping.

All construction was completed from the water using PEC’s fleet of floating equipment including material barges, derrick barges, and sectional flexi-float barges. Waterside project mobilization helped prevent traffic interruptions and allowed current ferry service to remain operational during the entire course of the project.

D.B. Pacific (250-ton all electric crane barge) along with D.B. Alameda (100-ton derrick barge) drove over 180 large diameter steel pipe piles to support 35,000 square feet of new over-water concrete wharf deck. Some piles are 157 feet long to reach the dense sand lens that underlies the soft bay muds predominate along San Francisco Bay. Also fabricated and installed were a new pedestrian bridge (15-by-108-feet), three gangways (each 15-by-105 feet), and three floats (each 42-by-135-feet).

When you cross the Bay Bridge driving into San Francisco, you cannot miss this bustling ferry terminal situated right next to the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero.


“We acknowledge the complexity and challenge of working on San Francisco Bay in the heart of downtown San Francisco ” said Michael Gougherty
WETA Senior Planner. “At the same time, we’re very confident of PEC’s ability to deliver. They are skilled in complex over-water construction and have a great track record of building high-quality projects along the San Francisco Bay waterfront.”