The Erato Street Cruise Terminal and Parking Garage began its design and construction before the landfall of the hurricanes of 2005. After Hurricane Katrina placed the construction operations on hold, the projectís work was then reinstated and expanded upon in an effort to rapidly reinstate the cruise ship operations into New Orleansí struggling economic environment. The resulting 88,000 square foot building includes a new, four-story parking garage atop a two-story cruise terminal, the first structure of its kind in the city. Boh Brothers Construction provided site utility work and pile driving, and was also responsible for the cavity slab and the installation of the sheet pile wall, which serves as the main-bank stabilization for the new structure.
Due to its waterfront berth, the terminal was also constructed to house offices and facilities for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency as well as the Department of Homeland security. Highly secure holding cells for necessary detainees were also built into the facility as well. Broadmoor provided Prime Contractor services for this complex in addition to handling the over-arching project management on behalf of the Port of New Orleans.
Welcoming the 1,900-passenger Norwegian Sun in October of 2006, the terminal is now the bustling home of three major cruise ship operations with the more recent arrivals of the Caribbean Princess and Carnivalís Ecstasy.
Owner: Board of Commissioners, Port of New Orleans
Architect: CH2M Hill
Contract Value: $35,500,000
Size: 88,000 square feet & 1,000-car parking garage
Services: General Contractor