Brannan Street Wharf

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GHD, as the lead design firm in a joint-venture, performed site investigations, conceptual engineering design of structural alternatives, design development and final design for the Brannan Street Wharf in San Francisco, California.

The wharf is a major new open space constructed over the water in the heart of the South Beach neighbourhood, replacing the wharf and pier structures built in 1908 and later closed due to unsafe conditions.

The seismic design of the pile-supported wharf was undertaken in accordance with the methodology in the Port of Long Beach Wharf Design Criteria and American Society of Civil Engineers Seismic Design of Pile-Supported Piers and Wharves.

The 250 m long wharf has won the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco Section’s 2013 Outstanding Airports and Ports Project Award, and a 2013 Merit Award at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) California Excellence Awards.

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