Oakland, CA

Brooklyn Basin


The Brooklyn Basin project revitalizes 65 acres along Oakland’s waterfront, transforming an industrial site into a mixed-use development. The new neighborhood offers more than 3,000 residences, public parks and trails, a new marina, and 200,000 sq ft of retail and commercial space. SGH was the engineer of record for several major structures.

SGH designed the structure and foundation for all waterfront structures and also developed a complete coastal shoreline protection plan. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Performed a detailed inspection of deteriorated piles under the 9th Avenue Wharf, constructed in the 1930s
  • Evaluated the capacity of more than 2,000 piles, designed repairs, and prioritized the repairs
  • Evaluated the existing wharf structure for anticipated seismic, mooring, and berthing loads
  • Designed a seismic retrofit for the existing 1,300 ft by 80 ft wharf and various structures above the wharf deck and performed three-dimensional nonlinear finite element analyses to verify the design approach
  • Collaborated with the geotechnical engineer to develop and finalize a cost-effective toe wall design to stabilize the rock dike slope for the maximum design earthquake
  • Prepared demolition plans and specifications for partially removing numerous existing structures at the project site
  • Designed two new pier structures and a 200 ft long, pile-supported ramp structure over the water in Shoreline Park
  • Developed a structural rehabilitation program for an existing 200 ft long access bridge near the wharf
  • Designed retaining walls, wharves, docks, bulkheads, and outfall structures
  • Performed wind and wave load analyses and designed coastal protection along more than 6,000 ft of shoreline
  • Designed storm drains and other utilities

Project Summary



Completion Date


Construction Value
New Construction
Infrastructure & Transportation
Signature Development Group
Specialized Capabilities
Marine & Civil Works

Key team members

Sam  Yao
Sam Yao
Senior Principal