AltaSea selected Gafcon to provide project management services for their new 35-acre campus located in San Pedro. Built on a historic pier with access to the deep ocean, the campus will expand science-based understanding of the ocean; incubate and sustain ocean-related business; and pioneer new ocean-related education programs.
The Gensler-created design will convert old warehouses into a high-performance ocean-oriented science and business hub to accelerate scientific collaboration, facilitate job creation and foster a more sustainable ocean. The project will be completed in stages. The first phase will include restoration of warehouses 58-60 into space where the scientific, business and education communities can connect and collaborate to develop solutions to coastal and ocean challenges; the Wharf Plaza will allow large research vessels such as the E/V Nautilus to dock; and the Education Pavilion includes scenic outside amphitheater-style seating where students and lifelong learners will attend lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions, and will contain an indoor classroom and a coffee or snack bar.