Massachusetts Maritime Academy


The Mass Maritime Academy Library Modernization project consisted of the new construction of a 43,000 square foot state-of-the-art library building using the public CM-at-Risk (Ch. 149A) process.

The library includes a learning commons, an academic resource center, a bridge simulator, classrooms and support spaces. The completed building features an array of unique architectural features including limestone veneer, glass flooring at stair landings, a rooftop skylight that runs the entire length of the building, a large rotunda encased in architectural woodwork, and much more. The project included over 50 geothermal wells, a solar photovoltaic array, and achieved LEED Platinum certification.

The project made extensive use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) throughout the preconstruction and construction phases, including clash detection/resolution, visualization and model-to-field applications.

Project Information

Location: Buzzards Bay, MA

Completion: August 2011

Contract Value: $17 million

Size: 43,000 SF

Type: New Construction

Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management

Designer: Perry Dean Rogers - Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (MGL Chapter 149A)

Awards & Honors: 

- LEED Platinum Certified

- AGC Build New England, 2013 Performance Award

- Marble Institute of America (MIA), 2015 Commercial Exterior Award for Excellence


“W.T. Rich provided outstanding leadership through a team-driven process that built understanding and trust. Their proactive, thoughtful and highly committed approach to project delivery has allowed us to achieve the goals of the project in an effective and efficient manner.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with them.”  

Ryan Senkier, Perry Dean Rogers
Massachusetts Maritime Academy