Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. Courtesy Bermello Ajamil & Partners.

Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal



Thornton Tomasetti served as the structural engineer of record for a 125,000-square-foot cruise ship terminal, part of a $55 million port expansion in Bayonne, New Jersey. Located on the Hudson River seven miles south of Manhattan, the terminal accommodates the Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, providing spaces for check-in, customs and immigration and luggage-processing areas.

Working in collaboration with the prefabrication metal building manufacturer that designed most of the superstructure, Thornton Tomasetti designed the mezzanine floor framing and foundations for the terminal and concourse structure. The typical portal framing is 150 feet long and consists of a tapered built-up column and beam. The column experienced a significant horizontal thrust at the base induced by gravity loads due to the geometry of the structure. To resist this force, Thornton Tomasetti designed a tension tie to prevent the pile caps from being pushed back.

The terminal is supported on driven eight-by-12-inch-diameter tapered timber piles with 20-ton vertical pile capacity and 9 5/8-inch-diameter drilled mini piles with 40-ton vertical pile located near a Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission tunnel.

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