Steamship Authority Administrative Offices

Steamship Authority Administrative Offices

|   Falmouth, MA
Overview: As part of the 7-year long, phased reconstruction of the Woods Hole Ferry Terminal, this first project replaces the Steamship Authority’s existing cramped offices above the existing industrial Woods Hole terminal building with new, purpose-built offices located at the Authority’s bus transfer facility near Falmouth’s main Historic District.

The new office building is oriented with its narrow profile facing the street and is nestled behind a fruit tree orchard that defines the street edge. The building is comprised of two main sections – a smaller 2-story public barn facing Palmer Ave (containing SSA’s meeting spaces), and a larger 3-story working barn behind (housing the SSA’s administrative, operations, engineering and technology staff). The two barns are linked with a 2-story glass enclosed lobby that also serves as the building’s public entrance.

Targeted Outcomes: There were 22 key desired outcomes identified early on as being highly important to success. Critical outcomes included:

  • Maximize the ability of departments to work effectively with each other
  • Maximize convenience of walk-ins to meet with staff
  • Maximize convenience of appropriate meeting space for public events
  • Maximize flexibility of use over time
  • Minimize disruptions to site operations and neighbors during construction
  • Maximize open spatial qualities and exposure to natural light to create a comfortable and productive work environment
  • Maximize the visual compatibility of the building with Falmouth’s architectural context and diversity




Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket Steamship Authority
32,000 GSF
$12.7 M
Full architectural services

Date: December 05, 2017