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A look at AltaSea, the marine biology campus coming to the Port of LA

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
Editor, Time Out Los Angeles
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As everyone's been busy heralding the arrival of light rail to the beach and the impending LA River makeover, San Pedro has slowly been reshaping its own industrial waterfront.

Architecture firm Gensler has released renderings for AltaSea, a 35-acre marine research campus headed for the Port of Los Angeles. The project will take over City Dock No. 1, a vacant century-old pier, with a mix of public plazas and private research facilities.

Visitors will enter the area through a waterfront promenade, the focus of which will be the new Linear Park. The educational green space at the corner of Signal and 22nd streets will showcase the campus' seawater supply infrastructure and its recycling process as well as a research vessel wharf. AltaSea expects the first phase of the space to be open by 2017.

Photograph: Courtesy Gensler

The Viewing Platform, a later addition, will construct a lighthouse-like observation tower at the corner of the park. Rather than eating up resources, Gensler notes that the structure will make use of an unspecified form of advanced energy generation.

Photograph: Courtesy Gensler

The sweeping Berth 56 to the north will house a more formal education center come 2023, while the repurposed Warehouse 57 will convert its 500-foot long building into lab and classroom space by 2020. Some of the other existing warehouses will be spruced up for other business opportunities.

AltaSea isn't the only transformative project planned for the San Pedro waterfront. It'll sit just down the street from the proposed San Pedro Public Market, a revamped Ports O' Call Village that's due to open in 2020.

Photograph: Courtesy Ratkovich Company/Jerico Development

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