Maritime facility receives Landmark Award from Houston Business Journal
05.06.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
The Maritime Technology and Training Center opened in January 2016
The Houston Business Journal awarded the 2016 Landmark Award in Educational Facility category to the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus.
The Houston Business Journal recognizes real estate projects that make a significant impression on the Houston landscape and improve the look, feel and image of the city. Forty-six projects were named as entries and judged on their impact to Houston, such as job creation, innovation, best use of land, site plan, development of surrounding neighborhoods, visual plan, amenities and being environmentally friendly.
“I was elated to find out that we had won the Landmark Award,” said Rear Admiral William Pickavance, USN (Ret.), who serves as the College’s maritime consultant. “The contractors and architects did a fantastic job with keeping us on track and making sure everything was perfect for opening day. They built a maritime center that is gaining a worldwide reputation, one that stands for San Jacinto College’s support to the community and getting people the jobs they need to make a living and provide for their families.”
The Maritime Technology and Training Center is located along the Port of Houston at 3700 Old Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas. It opened in January 2016 for all San Jacinto College maritime courses for the associate degree program, as well as noncredit professional mariner training. The facility includes 45,000 square-feet of space on each of the upper and lower levels; a 3,748 square-foot suite for three full-mission ship bridge simulators, donated by the Houston Pilots; 15 classrooms; an administrative suite; multipurpose room, dining area, and engineering simulators; aquatic training facility; and stations for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System training, automatic radar plotting aid training, radar training, and liquid cargo handling training. A separate industry dock for crew changes will be built in the near future in partnership with G&H Towing.
“The Landmark Award serves as a testament of the dedication from community and industry partners who worked tirelessly to see the maritime center from start to finish,” said Dr. Sarah Janes, associate vice chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development. “Our partners saw our vision and made this facility possible for our students and the maritime community.”
Contractors and consultants for the Maritime Technology and Training Center included Pickavance; Tellepsen Builders, general contractor; Rizzo & Associates, program manager; and IBI-Texas, architects. The land was purchased from the Port of Houston Authority. The Center was built with funds from the 2008 bond referendum.
“The Maritime Technology and Training Center is quite unique, one of the first of its type in the nation,” said Bryan Jones, associate vice chancellor of facilities and construction. “It will provide valuable career opportunities for many people in our region and beyond.”
San Jacinto College has offered U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)-approved maritime training courses since 2010, with approximately 3,500 certifications awarded. In addition to the maritime associate degree program and professional mariner training, San Jacinto College offers an associate degree for cargo handling/logistics, transferable to the Texas Southern University maritime logistics program and the University of Houston College of Technology logistics program. The College also offers an Introduction to Ships and Shipping courses in the business administration associate degree program, transferable to Texas A&M University in Galveston through an articulation agreement.
For information about maritime training at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/maritime.
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.