South Beach Harbor Project: Redevelopment of the San Francisco Waterfront

by Richard Dornhelm, Moffatt & Nichol, San Francisco, CA, USA,
Robert Isaacson, Moffatt & Nichol, San Francisco, CA, USA,
Frank Cannizzaro, Moffatt & Nichol, San Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '86


The redevelopment of a portion of San Francisco's Northern Waterfront is recounted, describing the planning and design process used to take an area of obsolete maritime facilities and convert it to a small boat harbor complex. The urban planning process resulting in the creation of a Redevelopment project extended over a ten year period. Engineering of the first phase, the small boat harbor, entailed design of a half-mile-long concrete sheet pile breakwater to protect the harbor, a floating concrete berthing system and interim improvements onshore to support the harbor operation until the pier and park could be developed. Engineering decisions leading to the selection of the concrete breakwater and the berthing system are discussed, as are decisions concerning the harbor configuration, dredging and demolition of the existing facilities.

Subject Headings: Beaches | Ports and harbors | Systems engineering | Concrete | Concrete piles | Harbor facilities | Building design | Sheet piles

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