The San Francisco Marina West Harbor underwent major facility renovations and site improvements to accommodate the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco. The San Francisco Marina is home to the St. Francis Yacht Club and the Golden Gate Yacht club (winner of the 2010 America’s Cup). Both clubs sponsor many regattas, and attract internationally known, world class sailors to their events. The project broke ground in April 2011 and was completed in January 2013.
The 4LEAF team provided full construction management and inspection services on the project. More than 70,000 cubic yards of material were dredged, more than 250 piles installed, and multiple concrete docks were built that are home to more than 210 new boat slips. The project constructed new a sheet pile floating breakwater at the entrance to the harbor for wave protection, renovated the historical harbormaster building and performed various other site improvements. The greatest challenges included the removal of an old land mass known as the “West Mole” and dredging and backfilling in contaminated soil areas.
ADA accessibility improvements included two 80-ft-long ADA accessible ramps that were installed in the West Harbor, as well as renovated toilet and shower facilities, to meet ADA accessibility requirements. Other improvements included upgrades in electrical service, water system and fire protection stations, installation of new lights throughout the harbor, and replacement of gates, ramps, and gangways.