McLaren Engineering Group provided structural and marine engineering services for the design of a permanent floating ferry terminal at Battery Park in New York City. The landing was designed to have a minimum 25-year useful services life and is the largest facility of its kind in the U.S., encompassing nearly an acre of floating structure. An aesthetically prominent feature on the NYC waterfront, this ferry terminal replaced a temporary terminal constructed in 1989.
McLaren engineered this new ferry terminal from schematic design to construction administration. The technical design involved static and dynamic analysis in accordance with the principles of naval architecture. The facility was designed to accommodate all six degrees of freedom by restraining three and allowing three motions, providing maximum stability. The floating terminal structure has a mono-hull main terminal, two towers anchored to bedrock and pedestrian walkways. During construction, McLaren’s extensive background in waterway engineering and construction helped minimize interruptions to existing ferry services while the new terminal was being built. In 2008 this project was named Best Public Works Project by New York Construction News. Through the firm’s on-call agreements with the PANYNJ, McLaren provided inspection and design services for ongoing maintenance at the facility.