Detroit Port Authority Terminal. Detroit’s latest riverfront development is a modest two story structure that significantly transforms Detroit’s skyline. The Detroit/ Wayne County Port Authority commissioned Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) to design a new 22,000 square foot international ship passenger terminal. However diminutive in square footage, the scale of the building’s importance as a gateway far exceeds its physical stature. It is in this dichotomy that we find the most interesting design problems of this project.
The Port Authority terminal is designed to function as both a domestic and international facility, including associated functions such as customs, border patrol, baggage handling, ticketing, and queuing. The building and dock will accommodate Great Lakes cruise ships, tall ships, and other large vessels, as well as the offices for the Port Authority. The $15 million dollar project is currently under construction at the foot of Bates Street, between Atwater Street and the Detroit River. Continue reading