Historic Falmouth Port, Jamaica---Royal Caribbean Terminal
We recently fabricated hardware to hang and lock a large
number of really big doors for the Royal Caribbean cruise terminal in Historic
Falmouth, Jamaica. The structures on the
wharf of the port are new construction built in the style of 18th century British architecture. Considering the size of the openings - 12' high by 14' wide - and the
hurricane winds that hit the north shore of the island, defining a heavy strap hinge
and masonry pintle configuration that would withstand the weight and stresses
was an important aspect of the project.
The structures are poured concrete with brick &
limestone façade, so we looked to the historic examples of similar large doors
and heavy 18th century hardware in the
We based the pintles and installation on the historic
Philadelphia masonry pintles shown above - similar pintles hold the big doors on the 18th century ocean-side warehouses of Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas.
That massive historic hardware has held those similar doors through more than two hundred years of hurricanes in the islands. Good enough reason to follow the early approach.
We designed pintle anchor plates to work with the contemporary construction and buried them behind the masonry façade. The installation approach satisfies the historic requirements of the project and keeps Ţorvaldur Guđjónsson (Valdi), my favorite structural engineer, more than satisfied with the resultant math.
The hinges and pintles hold and swing the doors. When hurricanes blow, it's the bolts that
keep the doors locked and secure. They have to be massive to handle the stress and they're visible when the doors are
open, so the bolts are a big part of the visual package.
See Historic Falmouth Port