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Bay Area Ferry Terminals Tour | Design Tour

We will be meeting at the Alameda Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal and taking the ferry from there to the other stops. There is plenty of parking, so you won’t need to worry about finding a spot!

Tour Stops

The Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal, was designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects and Peter Logan Architecture + Design in close collaboration with the City of Alameda client and the San Francisco Water Emergency Transit Authority (WETA).  This municipal project provides public transportation hub while creating an icon architecturally enhances the waterfront. 

The terminal is part of the rejuvenation and ecological remediation of a former Naval Air Station.   Terminal materials were specified for longevity, sustainability, and aesthetics:  fabric roof, steel roof structure, glass wind screens, concrete foundation, ramps, steps, and floor. The fabric roof solution was extremely economical, with forms that recall ship sails.  “Bird-safe” glass windscreens flaunt spectacular views while protecting endangered least tern colony.

Although the landside potion of the site is master planned for future redevelopment, improvements include an extension of the Bay Trail, interim roadways, a 400- vehicle parking area, and a bus stop.  The parking lot drains to a vegetated bioretention basin which pre-filters storm water.  Interpretive displays detailing the site’s importance to the WW II war effort, is paired with site furnishing to provide visitors with an attractive and educational experience.

Project Team

Client: City of Alameda
Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects 
Canopy Design:  Peter Logan Architecture + Design 
Structural & Marine Engineering & Float Design: COWI  North America Inc. 
Landscape Architecture: Groundworks Office Landscape Architects 
Construction Manager: Ghirardelli Associates 
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Topographic Surveying & Civil/Plumbing Engineering: Bkf Engineers
Plant & Wildlife Ecology: H. T. Harvey & Associates
General Contractor/ Developer: Maple Construction Norcal LP/ Trammell Crow Residential
Waterside Contractor: Power Engineering
Landside Contractor: DeSilva Gates Construction
Photographs: Billy Hustace

The Richmond Ferry Terminal, designed by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), makes a huge statement and impression despite its small footprint. Richmond Mayor Tom Butt told the San Francisco Chronicle, “Essentially, it stimulates economic development in Richmond . . . having a ferry here helps emphasize the fact that we are in fact a waterfront city and that we have the amenities that other waterfront cities have.”  The terminal sits adjacent to the Ford Assembly Building—a historically and architecturally distinguished edifice which includes the Craneway Pavilion, a performance space, and National Park Service’s Rosie-the-Riveter Visitor Center and Park.  In addition to providing sorely needed infrastructure, the terminal is also a striking landmark and beacon to represent the City of Richmond along its coastline. 

The terminal is designed as an iconic shelter, visually distinctive, providing panoramic bay and city views. The project comprises of a new terminal for commuter passenger ferry service and a gangway and ramping system connecting a refurbished plaza to a new passenger boarding float. The terminal shelter provides protection from wind and rain, as well as year-round comfort without requiring an HVAC system. The facade consists of copper-penny-colored metal-louvers on the leeward-side, and bird-protective glazing on the windward-side. The new gangway and ramping system provide full accessibility for passenger loading and unloading from the concrete passenger float.

Project Team

Client: San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA)
Architect: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Civil, Structural, & Marine Engineer: GHD, Inc.
Landscape Architect: GLS Landscape
Lighting Designer: Architecture & Light
Signage Designer: Radiant Brands 
Design Build Engineer of Record: COWI North America Inc. 
General Contractor: Manson Construction Co.
Construction Manager: Ghirardelli Associates 
Fabricator (Twisted Louvers): NorCal Metal Fabricators
Detailing (Twisted Louvers): SGB CADD Steel Detailing
Installer (Twisted Louvers): Bassett Architectural USA
Cost Estimator: Leland Saylor Associates
Photographs: Billy Hustace

The Treasure Island Ferry Terminal, was a design-build project by Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture and Power Engineering Construction for the Treasure Island Development Group. The new ferry terminal on the western shore of Treasure Island will provide easy access to San Francisco’s Financial District. An important link between the rapidly developing community of historic Treasure Island and San Francisco’s downtown.

The design of the Ferry Terminal pier tilts down subtly on the northern side of the pier to protect ferry users from the winds coming in through the Golden Gate, the roof becomes a lean, yet taut signature form that celebrates the island’s unique identity and introduces visitors to its blend of urbanity and powerful natural context.

Project Team

Client: Treasure Island Development Grou
Architect: Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture
Structural & Marin Engineering & Float Design: Moffat & Nickol
General Contractor: Power Engineering Construction
Lighting Design: Silverman & Light

About Your Tour Guides

Richmond Ferry Terminal, Alameda Seaplane Lagoon Terminal

Kent Royle, Principal with Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects, is a California licensed architect with over three decades of experience in the profession. He has completed a number of waterfront projects including the LEED Platinum Cutter Support Building on Coast Guard Island, and the Richmond and Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminals. His large-scale adaptive reuse projects include the renovation of seven major structures in San Francisco’s Pier 70 Historic Core; as well as the renovations of the Craneway Pavilion, the Ford Assembly Building, and the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center in Richmond.

Treasure Island Ferry Terminal

Kenneth Lin is a licensed architect who has been working in the Bay Area since 2013.  He obtained his Master of Architecture degree from the California College of the Arts.

Currently, an architect with HKIT Architects, Ken has worked on a wide range of projects in his career, including senior/affordably housing, commercial, mission critical, educational, and health care facilities. He is passionate about combating climate change and promoting community engagement. He is also a certified Safety Assessment Evaluator for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

 A member of the AIA East Bay Design Tour Committee, Ken helps to facilitate architectural tours. As a member of AIA California EDI Steering Committee, he is actively engaged in the promotion of a more equitable practice through diversification. 


Sep 24 2022


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 24 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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