Battery Park Ferry Terminal

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.

The McLaren Difference: Applied Ingenuity

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 Battery Park Ferry 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.

Award Winning

In 2008 this project was named Best Public Works Project by New York Construction News.

Ongoing Work

Through the firm’s on-call agreements with the PANYNJ, McLaren provided inspection and design services for ongoing maintenance at the facility.

Award Winner


Manhattan, NY


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Ferry Landing / Terminal Design - Fixed & Floating | Environmental Permitting | Geotechnical & Soils Engineering | Glass & Glazing Design | Barge Design, Repair & Inspection | Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Studies | Berthing System Design | Borings - Marine & Land | Caisson Design | Civil Engineering Investigations | Coastal Engineering | Condition Assessments | Condition Inspections & Surveys | Constructibility Reviews | Construction Administration | Construction Inspection | Development of Technical, Bid & Performance Specifications | Docks, Floating Docks & Floating Structure Design | Drilled Piles, Tiebacks, Drilled Foundation Design | Fendering System Design | Finite Element Modelling & Analysis | Mechanical Engineering | Mooring Analysis | Mooring Structure Design | Moving Platform Design | Naval Architecture | Passenger Amenity Design | Pedestrian Bridge Design | Permitting | Ramps & Lift System Design | Range of Motion Studies | Site Investigations & Assessment | Static & Dynamic Analysis | Shoreline Stabilization / Seawall Design | Structural Steel Design | Underwater Dive Inspections | Value Engineering Review | Vessel Accessibility Analysis | Waterfront Facility Master Planning | Waterfront Planning | Wind, Wave & Current Analysis | Canopy & Shade Structure Design | Emergency Response | Shoreline Restoration

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Port Authority of New York & New Jersey