BIG NEWS!!! New Building Progress
San Jacinto College now owns waterfront property in the Bayport Terminal Facility in the Port of Houston on which our new Maritime Complex will be built. After some dredging to widen the turning basin for larger ships that will be arriving with the completion of the widening of the Panama Canal, we will end up with just over 10 usable acres.
Initial space planning for the facility will take place in April and will include many outside maritime industry partners to make certain that we plan the very best facility possible.
More information will be announced as it becomes available.
Very exciting progress!
Admiral Bill (Bear) Pickavance has been hired by the College to spearhead the project and be certain that we are on track, on schedule and on budget. The Admiral is working with the entire planning, programming, design, construction and administration team involved in this project to raise the very best facility possible.
The first thing the Admiral did was to have everyone involved clear their schedule every other Monday for planning sessions until our new maritime campus is complete!
While the permitting process continues with the Army Corp of Engineers, these planning sessions are meeting to fine tune:
- Infrastructure design
- Property layout
- Site Work
- Building design including style, functionality and architecture
- Individual classroom design
- Simulator (deck and engineering) space design
- Training dock design
- Industry dock design
In theory, the same day that the Army Corp of Engineers issues their permit, we will be ready to “turn some dirt” and build a new maritime campus!
This planning requires a great effort from many people from inside the College and out.
Thanks and credit go to the extraordinary team making it all happen including, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Dr. Sallie Kay Janes, Ken Lynn, RADM Bill Pickavance, Brian Jones, Bill Dowell, Mike Harris, Ron Rucker. Frank Rizzo, Calvin Powitzky, Terry Phillips, Jay Hrivnatz, James Fuex, Robert Trabanino, Raven Burnett, Colby Kreft, Debbi Norton and Capt. Mitch Schacter.