A trio of century-old warehouses are being transformed by AltaSea into space for research, education, and workforce development, under a project which broke ground last week at the Port of Los Angeles.

View of Berths 58-59-60 at Port of Los AngelesGary Leonard

The project, which includes Berths 58, 59, and 60, will be folded into AltaSea's larger 35-acre campus on the west side of the Port's Main Channel, at the terminus of Harbor Boulevard. The new 40,000-square-foot project will include approximately 4,100 square feet of waterfront dock and wharf space, according to Bizjournals.

Among the uses of the newly expanded space will be local community-based organizations such as Watts-based Entrepreneur Educational Center, Inc. and Strength Based Community Change, which are collaborating with AltaSea on developing a jobs pipeline for the Watts and Wilmington in the "blue economy" - meaning industries focused on the sustainable use of the ocean.

The ceremony, held on June 9, came with the announcement of $29 million in funding from the State of California, the Port of Los Anglees, and other sources. That total includes $18 million for the conversion of the warehouses and the new linear park and garden, as well as the addition of solar rooftop the ability to produce 2.2 megawatts of power. Other funding will go toward programming, staffing, and tenant improvements.

Exterior view of the AltaSea campus at the Port of Los AngelesGensler

Current occupants of the AltaSea campus include RCAM, which is developing 3D printing technology for off-shore wind infrastructure, UCLA's carbon capture barge, USC's aquaculture lab, and Eco Wave Power's waver energy power station - the first installation of its type in the United States.

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