PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte is set to open in January 2016. Construction has been ongoing since Fall 2014. The facility will serve as the site for certificate and associate degree maritime training delivered through U.S. Coast Guard-required and approved course work. 

The following list provides an update on the Summer 2015 progress of the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center:

Bulkhead work and dredging is nearing completion.

Brick is installed on the south elevation and is being installed on the west elevation.

Exterior sheathing is complete.

Damp proofing of exterior walls is complete.

Installation of windows continues.

Roof cap sheet installation is underway.

Interior walls are being closed and taped and floated.

Installation of ceiling grid is underway.

Tile work has started in restrooms.

Work on sidewalks under building continues.

Paving work at north and west continues.

Pool construction has started.

Next phase of activities to begin:

Continue window installation

Continue brick work

Finish closing walls

Continue taping and floating walls

Startup of HVAC system

Continue sidewalk and paving work.

Start priming walls

Continuing the coordination of moving the maritime program's three full-mission ships bridge simulators

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above ground. The ground level showcases a training dock with lifeboats, davits, and fast rescue craft, and a separate industry dock for crew changes. This 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.

Once complete, the facility will have 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 ships bridge simulators, donated by 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.

For more information about the San Jacinto College maritime program, visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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