Dredge harvest missions make up the main portion of bio-remediation, and will reveal the legacy of decades of waterfront development and uncover the environmental impact of local industrial activity. Dredging, which is often associated with creating a disturbance in aquatic systems will, in this case, replenish areas where too sand much has been lost due to coastal erosion.
The design also includes a “Peel and Reveal” function that will expose the underwater habitat and simultaneously increase awareness about the maritime district‘s historic and contemporary environmental context. A variety of low impact development water infrastructure systems including greywater and rainwater catchment systems will minimize the environmental impact of the new terminal and may encourage visitors to consider the intricacies of our relationship with local ecosystems.
The team addressed site-specific problems with the support of local environmental and water conservation organizations like Aquarium of the Bay, the Exploratorium, San Francisco Baykeeper, Save the Bay, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Estuary Program.
Overall, the plan promises to provide local economic vitality and educational opportunities along the pier. And during times when the cruise terminal is not in commercial use, it is expected to thrive as a special event destination.
Hyphae Design Laboratory’s investigative approach to architecture challenges the green infrastructure paradigm — and it fits with Architecture and the City’s 2011 festival theme, ‘Architecture of Consequence’.
Construction will begin in January of 2012 and the new facility and will be completed the following year, just in time for America’s Cup, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of spectators and sailing aficionados to the San Francisco Bay Area.