Reconstruction Awards: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

The two-story “overbuild” employed block and plank construction with drag strut detailing to connect it to the existing building.

November 16, 2016 |

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy, on Cape Cod. The residential addition is behind the Mess Deck in the foreground. Ben Johnson / Shawmut Design and Construction 

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is located in a flood zone on Cape Cod, which restricts its potential building area. To provide MMA more dormitory rooms and cadet amenities, the Building Team, led by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates and Shawmut Design and Construction, reorganized five interconnected buildings, bolted a six-story wing onto an existing building, and added 300 beds to the campus. The two-story “overbuild” employed block and plank construction with drag strut detailing to connect it to the existing building.

Construction took three years—and 11 permits—to complete. Work could only be done in the summer or during the 10 weeks of winter when cadets were training at sea.

A new glass entrance and connector space consolidates student services into one location. A skylit boardwalk leads to 12 social spaces, a fitness center, offices, a mess deck with 200 seats, and a 100-seat dining lounge.

 

PROJECT SUMMARY 

 

Bronze Award Winner | Buzzards Bay, Mass.

Building Team: Shawmut Design and Construction (submitting firm, GC); Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (submitting firm, architect); Massachusetts Maritime Academy (owner); ODEH Engineers (SE); AFK Group (MEP); WaypointKLA (CM).

Details: 324,000 sf. Construction cost: $51.6 million. Construction time: December 2012 to August 2015. Delivery Method: CM at risk.

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