Under design giant AECOM’s leadership, a wide swath of temporary and permanent installations will be built along San Francisco’s waterfront to accommodate race infrastructure as well as a massive influx of tourists, media, crew members, and local spectators.
Pier 27 will host the “James R. Herman” cruise terminal designed by KMD Architects in partnership with Pfau Long Architecture. The new cruise terminal is already approved and projected to be under construction by 2012, and it will feature glass-sided walls and a rippling roof – two striking modern elements. Designed to handle the needs of oceangoing cruise liners, the terminal will include plenty of areas for passengers and baggage handling, as well as a strong cantilevered roof. In a nod to green building principles, the roof will also feature a rainwater harvesting system which could be used to irrigate surrounding parks and plantings. Viewing areas, staging areas, plazas, terminals, sheds, event spaces, food halls and more will make up the proposed cruise terminal and “America’s Cup Village” that will encompass Piers 27-29.