Taylor Engineering serves as a member on a team of design and land development professionals assembled to tackle a comprehensive redevelopment program for the San Juan waterfront in Puerto Rico. Playing a lead role as the team’s waterfront and marine structures engineer, Taylor Engineering provides services ranging from feasibility assessment through final engineering. Ongoing work includes evaluation of existing marine infrastructure, value engineering for retrofit and replacement alternatives, and pier, bulkhead, and mooring structures.
Design challenges include poor geotechnical conditions and seismic design requirements for bulkhead structures. Deep-water facilities provide a range of navigational opportunities that require significant marine structural engineering expertise. Taylor Engineering also provides unique engineering experience to design the transitions and links between the waterfront and the upland development.
To kick-start development and economic growth, stakeholders began immediate improvements to Piers 7 and 8. Schedule requirements dictate rapid reconnaissance, engineering design, and construction to have the facility open as soon as possible. Taylor Engineering completed engineering design and construction document development for a number of key project features — stabilization of Pier 7 concrete deck, riprap shoreline protection, marine façade wall at Pier 8’s pile-supported deck, new deep-water bulkhead to surround Pier 8, and pile-supported pedestrian bridge between Pier 7 and 8. Taylor Engineering is currently providing construction phase oversight for the project.