This March, the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB) will begin demolition work on the old navy commissary at the port of Palma, located on the Old Harbour, so that the Oceanographic Centre
The PAB will build its new offices at the port of Palma in the old office buildings of the company Trasmediterránea, popularly known as the "Tras" building. The construction could start in the second half of 2009, with an execution period of fifteen months and an estimated budget of 18 million euros. This will involve the relocation of its current headquarters to expand and adapt to its future needs. The future building will be built on an area of 2,500 square meters and will consist of two floors and a basement for parking and storage. It will conserve the existing stone façade, located at the main entrance of Moll Vell, for its historical significance. The rest of the property will be newly constructed with steel, glass and aluminium.The interior distribution will consist of a spacious courtyard with work zones distributed around the perimeter. The ground floor will have a porch garden, which will be used mainly as a reception area. The first and second floors are intended for offices, waiting rooms, training rooms and general work areas. The project includes measures to protect the environment, with thermal and acoustic insulation and energy conservation, as well as, access to telecommunications services, audiovisuals and the media. It also contemplates strategies to improve accessibility and ways of dealing with architectural barriers. With the move to the old "Tras" building, which was built early in the nineteen thirties, the current headquarters of the PAB will be converted into a building dedicated to corporate and institutional activities, such as, exhibitions, archives and meetings of the Governing Council, as well as, acts related to the port, such as, conferences, symposiums, seminars and forums.