Massachusetts Maritime Academy Master Plan

Buzzards Bay, MA


Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts State College Building Authority


Master planning, addition of 300 beds with 6-story new addition and addition of two floors to one building, and renovations of six existing buildings


PCA initially worked with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA) and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) on increasing housing capacity by 150 new beds on this landlocked campus by finding a way to build over existing buildings. Subsequent to the success of the first expansion, when MMA needed to grow again, PCA was again selected to grow housing capacity by an additional 326 beds within the existing complex.

PCA evaluated the original program and suggested taking a broader approach to the programming of the complex, reviewing the entire six Companies and Mess Deck complex in relation to the overall housing experience. The feasibility study looked at multiple siting options for the expansion, the implications of triple-bunking the existing rooms, and infrastructure and amenity upgrades needed to support growth.

The resulting master plan includes a contextual 6-story addition and thoughtful renovations to the entire six-building complex and adjacent courtyards in multiple phases. The program brings the bed-count from 1,074 to 1,450 overall, as well as providing amenity, Mess Deck and restroom upgrades. All phases will implement sustainable practices including water and energy efficient fixtures and a high percentage of recycled content materials. The addition will comply with LEED Silver requirements.