Ports and harbors

Berth 84 Maritime Museum HVAC Replacement, San Pedro, California


  • Client


    Port of Los Angeles

  • Services Provided


    Mechanical/Electrical design, Structural design, Drawings, Details, and Calculations, Permitting LADBS, Plan Check Comments’ response

Explore Southern California’s nautical heritage tracing the growth of the Los Angeles Harbor from a tidal mudflat to one of the world’s busiest seaports at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. The museum is housed in the former San Pedro Municipal Ferry Building, which ceased operation in 1963, coinciding with the construction of the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Among the largest maritime museums in California at 75,000 square feet, it features more than 200 ship and boat models, various navigational equipment, and an operating amateur radio station. Historical references cover the fishing industry, tall ships, commercial shipping, the U.S. Navy, the Merchant Marine and recreational sailing.

DRC provided engineering services for mechanical, electrical, and structural design for B84 HVAC Retrofit, including the following tasks:

Task 1 – Mechanical/Electrical Design Services: Prepared design drawings, details, and calculations to install two new air handlers and two new condenser units. Design intent is for the air handlers to be roof-mounted and the condenser units to be mounted on the wharf structure. Secured permits and responded to the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) plan check comments, as needed, for approval.

Task 2 – Structural Design Services: Prepared design drawings, details, and calculations for supporting the HVAC equipment identified in Task 1, including curb supports and attachments. Secured permits and responded to LADBS plan check comments, as needed, for approval.

Deliverables included: (1) A final set of mechanical/electrical drawings, signed and sealed by a California registered engineer, including calculations for retrofitting the Maritime Museum’s HVAC system at Berth 84. (2) A final set of drawings for supporting the HVAC equipment, piping, and appurtenances, signed and sealed by a California registered engineer, including calculations for the Maritime Museum’s HVAC system at Berth 84.