Current Construction Projects

Maritime Office Building Demolition & Refrigerated container Yard Conversion

MOB Demolition Collage 2019

This $3.23 million capital project consists of demolishing the Maritime Office Building and transforming the three-acre port-owned property into a large refrigerated container yard.

Once the existing pavement is removed, the awarded contractor, West Construction Inc., will build a heavy duty cargo container rated pavement.

The project also calls for installing new exfiltration trenches and storm piping, new high mast lighting, security fencing, fire protection, underground conduit and infrastructure for future refrigerated container electrical plugs.

In order to convert the property into a container yard, the overhead electrical wiring needs to be relocated underground. A Florida Power and Light certified electrical contractor will install and modify underground utility vaults, electrical transformers and a switchgear. 

The new refrigerated container yard will allow our largest tenant to better serve our Caribbean market. 

The completion date is scheduled for October 30, 2019.

Project Progress

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Ariel view of the Marine Office Building and parking lot before construction started. 

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The demolition of the building started in December 2018. 

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On December 17, 2018, the building was more than half way demolished. 

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This is what the property look like a month later on January 16, 2019. 

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This photo was taken in March 2019 during the installation process of the storm drainage system.


Construction of the storm drainage system and electrical underground infrastructure continued into the month of April. 

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The new refrigerated container yard project progressed into its six month of construction in May. This is when crews began installing the base material for pavement surface. 

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This photo, taken June 2019, shows the preparation for the new pavement and the start of the installation of electrical equipment inside the power yard.  

July 2019

In early July, crews continued preparing for the installation of the asphalt pavement. 

Berth 1 bulkhead replacement 

Pre construction photo

Berth 1 is located on the northeast side of the port, near the Marine Office Complex. 

The bulkhead in Berth 1 is the only existing bulkhead structure within the Port of Palm Beach that has not been replaced since it’s original construction in 1976.

Now more than 40 years later, Berth 1 is getting a facelift. 

The $4.5 million dollar project calls for replacing about 425 feet of sea wall including installing new bulkhead steel sheet pile, tieback anchors, a concrete cap, marine bollards and fenders. 

The construction also includes rebuilding a prop-wash wall to match the existing structure. 

Before construction of Berth 1 began, the port proposed relocating coral living in the construction zone. 

The Port of Palm Beach worked closely with the Town of Palm Beach and a women-owned consulting firm called Coastal Eco-Group. Divers removed and transported the stony corals greater than 10 centimeters in diameter to their new home at the Town of Palm Beach where they were transplanted in a mitigation reef site.

The project is expected to be complete by December 31, 2019. 

Berth 1 before construction

Aerial photo shows Berth 1 prior to construction. 

Diver removing stony corals

Divers with Coastal Eco-Group captured removing stony corals from construction zone.

Diver holding a stony coral
Coastal Eco-Group diver removing stony corals

Divers seen transplanting stony corals in the Town of Palm Beach less than 24 hours after removing them from the port.

Berth 1 Coral Transplant
Removal of concrete pile continues on July 3rd

Crews begin removing concrete cap. 

Crews removing concrete pile cap on Jul;y 2nd
Installment of new steel sheet piles begin

Installation of new steel sheet pile begins mid-July. 

Heavy duty equipment used to install sheet pile
View of existing sheet pile

Photo on the left shows the original steel sheet pile installed in 1976. 

The photo on the right shows the new steel sheet pile being installed in front of the existing one.

New steel sheet pile installed in front of existing sheet pile