Setting Sail from New York: Piers 88 & 90

To make New York City a prime destination for larger cruise ships, the city decided to perform a major renovation to Piers 88 and 90. These passenger ship terminals were in operation since the 1920s. Because of these renovations, larger cruise ships can now dock safely to allow passengers to disembark and experience New York City.


There were many obstacles with these structures, and one of the most complicated and challenging aspects of the project was egress compliance. On average, 8,000 people disembark cruise ships at each pier (if they arrive simultaneously) and need to exit safely. KM Associates obtained approvals and permits for the special egress requirements for each pier and acquired the final Certificate of Occupancy for the first time in the history of the piers.


Project Team

Client: New York City Economic Development Corporation; Ports America

Architect: Bermello Ajamil & Partners

MEP Engineer: WSP Flack & Kurtz

Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti

Construction Manager: Turner Construction