The Mid-Bay Barrier Islands and Mid-Bay Gate of the SSPEED Center’s H-GAPS Plan are envisioned as a cost-effective system that will protect both the vital industrial infrastructure of the Houston Ship Channel and the communities that line the western shore of Galveston Bay. The engineering strategy is grounded in existing, proven and simple technologies. The Gate is dimensionally and dynamically similar to many operating around the world today, and the Islands will be formed through the implementation of dredge spoils on top of existing dredge sites.
The Islands will be programmed as active recreational amenities for the Houston and Galveston Bay communities. From marinas for sailboats and sport craft, to sandy bayfront campsites, to an expansive network of bike, hike, horse, and running trails, the Islands will offer new ground and amenities for the enjoyment of the bay visitors and residents alike. This constructed archipelago will also create new habitat for coastal and bay flora and fauna with a range of conditions that can support the bay’s remarkable ecological diversity. A great amphitheater with a floating stage enables participation for major events and occasions on both land and water. The floating stage minimizes the infrastructure needed in the ground and allows for the stage to be towed to safety when the threat of a storm event arises.