Update on the new maritime facility

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte is set for completion in 2016. Construction has been ongoing since Fall 2014, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2014.

The following is an update on the progress of the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center:

Progress made early Spring 2015:

Roof deck has been installed
 Roof blocking is being installed
 Driving of sheet piles for the bulkhead continues
 Installation of raceways for primary and secondary electrical underground service has been completed
 New drive entrances have been installed
 Clearing of the old 146 fence has been cleared and fence reconfigured
 Fire sprinklers on level I has started
 Electrical and plumbing overhead work on level I is underway 
 Framing of building exterior walls has started

Next phase of activities to begin:

Pour lightweight insulating concrete
 Complete exterior framing
 Start exterior sheathing and window blocking
 Start roof installation
 Commence MEP rough in on level 2


Start interior framing
 Set mechanical equipment in building (air handlers, chillers, etc..)
 Complete sheet piling at bulkhead
 Start excavation activities at bulkhead
 Complete dry water line and 2" water line extension
 Rough grading and stabilization of roads at west portion of property

Upon completion in 2016:

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center will sit 14 feet above ground. The ground level will showcase a training dock with lifeboats, davits, and fast rescue craft, and a separate industry dock for crew changes. This also will allow for vessel specific training for local maritime companies and will serve as an aquatic training facility for sea survival and life raft training, complete with men’s and women’s locker rooms.

There will be 15 classrooms; engineering simulators to train maritime engineers for hydraulic, electric, pump control, motor control, heating and air conditioning, and refrigeration; and a multipurpose space for industry conferences and corporate partner meetings.

Highlights of the new facility include three full-mission ship bridge simulators, acquired from the Houston Pilots in 2013. These room-sized replicas of ship control bridges will become a part of a 3,748 square-foot simulation suite, complete with instructor stations, debrief classrooms, and development stations. A full-mission engine room simulator also is planned for the future and will interact and interconnect with the bridge simulators to allow vessel management exercises to accommodate deck and engineering officers and crew at the same time, in the same scenario.

Tellepsen Builders serve as the general contractor for the development of the Maritime Technology and Training Center. Texas IBI Group is the architect; Brooks & Sparks is the civil engineer; and Rizzo & Associates is the program manager.

Purpose of the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center:

The facility will provide certificate, associate degree, and incumbent worker maritime training, and will include U.S. Coast Guard-required and approved deck and engineering coursework to prepare mariners for work on commercial vessels, from deckhand on an inland towboat to captain of an oil tanker.