AltaSea — Los Angeles, CA

University and Marine Research on Historic Waterfront

Aerial view of the section of the Port of Los Angeles slated to become AltaSea
35 acres
Phase 1 Architect
Interim Use Architect
CO Architects
Master Plan Architect
William McDonough + Partners
Historic Architect
Page & Turnbull
Landscape Architect
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

AltaSea is a 35-acre site dedicated to the marine science research of a consortium of local universities and private partners. Situated in the heart of the Port of Los Angeles, AltaSea is a multi-phased endeavor to transform the existing Dock 1 and its historic structures into a world class research and education center. This public private partnership will bring together cross disciplinary scientists from more than twenty entities including universities, local museums and aquariums, as well as the city itself.

The new, modern Interpretive Center will provide new classrooms, lecture halls and support facilities. The wavelike form will sit on the water’s edge and hover over the bay below. Holmes Structures is working with the architecture team to create a unique structural system that meets the design aesthetics while providing a cost-effective solution.

Berth 57 is an existing historic warehouse it will be renovated to provide marine research laboratories with easy access to research vessels. Visitors will be able to view the scientists at work from a new mezzanine level. A new tall observation tower will serve as a beacon from afar and also allow visitors sweeping 360-degree views of the marine activities at the Port of Los Angeles.


Rendering of the Alta Sea Campus at the Port of Los Angeles
AltaSea Structural Model of Foundations
Alta Sea model of stairs over water

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