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Long Beach Cruise Terminal

The PENTA Building Group

Posted: September 7, 2018 | Projects

Carnival Cruise Lines Terminal in Long Beach, California formerly used about half the available space within a geodesic dome structure on the terminal pier. The dome had previously served as home to The Spruce Goose, a prototype strategic airlift flying boat (and major tourist attraction) built by the Hughes Aircraft Company, and the largest aircraft ever to fly at the time of its brief November 2, 1947 flight.

The PENTA Building Group renovated Carnival’s operations within the existing dome to expand its footprint from approximately 66,000 to 142,000 square feet.

Carnival’s expansion and new design allows for more passenger capacity within the operation, a dramatically enhanced passenger experience, and better operational flow within the terminal. The new improvements allowed Carnival to embark and debark simultaneously – a major operational improvement.

The installation of a new, three-piece walkway made up of 120-foot sections improved passenger flow. To enhance the customer experience, the PENTA Building Group team installed an indoor park atmosphere on the boarding side of the terminal. Elements of this area included park benches and decorative artificial palm and olive trees; a curved wall emulating a mountain range varying from 38 feet at center peak to 17 feet at the ends spreads over 270 linear feet and features an HD quality graphic image of an actual mountain range.

Daily communication took place between our team, the owner, facilities manager, and border patrol to discuss safety plans for the passenger traffic. The close relationship between the subcontractors and PENTA allowed the team to overcome challenges and obstacles. The subcontractors’ flexibility and understanding of the client’s needs resulted in a project that showcases quality work and pride of craftsmanship.

As part of the safety plan, the team maintained safety fences and barricades to separate construction work and pedestrians. This close collaboration and planning, including the phasing of the embarking and debarking passenger areas, provided a safe environment in this operating facility with heavy foot traffic of over 5,000 cruise patrons every day.


Building Envelope: CST Industries, Inc.
Entrances & Storefronts: Giroux Glass
Flooring: Commercial Interior Sources
Interior: Anning Johnson Company
Lighting: Laser Electric


The PENTA Building Group
181 E. Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc.
900 S.E. 3rd Avenue, # 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33616

Structural Engineer 
700 S. Flower Street, #2100
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
LSW Engineers
2333 W. Northern Avenue, #9
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Civil Engineer
400 Oceangate, #500
Long Beach, CA 90802

Fire Protection/Alarm/Sprinklers
Jensen Hughes
2099 S. State College Boulevard, #540
Anaheim, CA 92806

Location: Long Beach, California
Date Bid: Jan 2017
Construction Period: Jun 2017 to Jan 2018          
Total Square Feet: 143,516
Site: N/A
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 130,146; mezzanine, 13,370; total, 143,516 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 135′ to top of dome; mezzanine, 10′; total, 135′ to top of dome.  
Basic Construction Type: Interior Renovation/Upgrade.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete. 
Exterior Walls: N/A.
Roof: N/A. 
Floors: Polished concrete, vinyl. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

View full project details in magazine issue September-October 2018.