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Port of Galveston taps Bermello Ajamil for Cruise Terminal 16 design

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Bermello Ajamil & Partners will provide design development, construction documents and permitting bidding for Cruise Terminal 16
The Galveston Wharves Board approved a $5.3m engineering and architecture services contract for a fourth cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston to Bermello Ajamil & Partners.

This 'moves us one step closer to finalizing a budget and construction plans to open a new terminal at Pier 16 as early as 2025,' port Director & CEO Rodger Rees said.

MSC Cruises contract is close

Separately, the port and MSC Cruises are negotiating a terminal user agreement, which Rees recently said he expects to finalize in the next 30 days.

Miami-based Bermello Ajamil will provide design development, construction documents and permitting bidding for Cruise Terminal 16. The scope of work includes designing the terminal building, a parking garage, marine structure improvements, a passenger boarding bridge and civil improvements such as surface parking, access roads and utilities.

In March the board engaged BA for preliminary engineering then amended the agreement in April for the firm to develop a schematic-level design. In September the board approved a construction manager-at-risk contract with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for pre-construction services.

Looking to trim costs of $140m project

Rees said, 'With terminal and parking garage preliminary construction estimates of almost $140 million, we’re looking to trim costs and get to a final budget. Then we can make plans for financing the project with a combination of port cash reserves and revenue bonds.'

BA designed Galveston's $125m Royal Caribbean terminal that opened in 2022.