Waterfront Design Solutions: Lessons Learned from the Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion Project

Date: November 29, 2018 5:00pm
Location: AIA San Francisco, Hallidie Building
Speaker(s): William Bruin Boris Dramov Kenneth Klein

Thursday, November 29, 2018

AIA San Francisco, Hallidie Building
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
AIA SF is located in downtown San Francisco and is easily accessed by public transportation. Click here for directions. Attendees should enter through the lobby and take elevator to the sixth floor.

5:00–5:30 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
6:30–7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments.


Located in harsh marine environments, coastal and waterfront developments require special considerations to ensure resilience over the project’s design life. Material selection, siting considerations, protective coatings, waterproofing detailing, and drainage are all important considerations that require special attention by the design team for these unique projects. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) new ferry terminal expansion project in downtown San Francisco is a great example of what a successful waterfront design must consider. This presentation will discuss lessons learned from the project’s design and highlight innovative features employed by the program team in structural material selection, waterproofing strategies, drainage considerations, as well as sea level rise planning.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand key issues impacting the resiliency of coastal and waterfront developments.
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of common structural materials employed in marine environments and implications on permitting and project installation.
  • Understand how flooding and sea level rise affect waterfront development design. 
  • Discuss examples of floodproofing mitigation strategies.



William M. Bruin, P.E., D.PE | Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 
William (Bill) Bruin is the Engineer-of-Record for the structural design of the new Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion Project in San Francisco.  Bill is an ACOPNE Board certified Diplomate of Port Engineering with more than 22 years of risk consulting, marine civil and structural engineering, as well as project management experience applied over a variety of offshore and near-shore projects.  Mr. Bruin has extensive experience repairing, rehabilitating, and designing marine and waterfront structures.


Boris Dramov, FAIA, FAICP | Principal, ROMA Design Group
Boris Dramov leads the interdisciplinary practice of ROMA Design Group in San Francisco and has focused his career on critical issues of urban waterfront planning and design. His work demonstrates that the functional requirements of the shoreline can be met while creating a vibrant public realm and a strong sense of place. He has been instrumental in transforming waterfront districts in historic city centers nationally and internationally including, notably, the downtown San Francisco waterfront. He is currently leading the design effort for the expansion of the Downtown Ferry Terminal in San Francisco and for the creation of a major new public open space now under construction south of the Ferry Building.

Kenneth A. Klein, P.E. | Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 
Ken Klein leads the West Coast Building Technology region division for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and is experienced in designing and investigating waterproofing of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. His work addresses issues related to the integrity of curtain walls, roofs, plaza decks, and below-grade systems on a wide range of structures, from residential and high-rise building to buildings of historic significance. Ken has consulted with architects, contractors, and building owners to analyze and repair water intrusion problems and construction defects. Well known in the industry, he has frequently presented to groups of attorneys, contractors, architects, and other design professional regarding building enclosure design and remediation. 


  • Owners
  • Facilities Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Attorneys