Steamship Authority Presents New Terminal Design Options

Steamship Authority Terminal Update

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WOODS HOLE – After receiving some negative public feedback for the original design for the Steamship Authority’s new Woods Hole terminal, three alternatives have been developed by architects.

Steamship Authority General Manager Robert Davis presented the board the three designs this week.

The first is a two-story saltbox with a height of 40.5 feet.

The second is a two-story with a 42-foot gable roof, but almost half of the building would be 33.5 feet or shorter.

The last option is a three-story gable roof design. This is the tallest of the three designs with a height of over 58 feet over one-third of the building with a roof line of 42 feet for the rest of the structure.

The height of the original design was over 45 feet.

Steamship Communications Director Sean Driscoll said the options take into account the height concerns of many residents.

“They have varying roof heights and most of them are a little bit shorter than what we presented in October,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll said the options are still just schematic drawings that will be presented to the public over the next few weeks.

Public meetings on the three options will be held Thursday, March 28 at Falmouth High School at 6 p.m. and April 8 on Martha’s Vineyard at the Katherine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven at 5 p.m.

Written comments will also be accepted. After presenting the options to Falmouth officials the Steamship board could vote on a design at its next meeting in April.

“We are at a point now where we do have to make this decision,” Driscoll said. “We need to make a decision so that our architects can move forward with more detailed plans even though we are not going to start to build this for another two years.”

That time will be used to complete site work, engineering drawings and more detailed schematics.

“We are hopeful at this point that we will be able to stay on target timewise,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll said the public input phase of the terminal design is an important part of the process.

“This is a building that is going to last for 50 years so we want to get it right and that is why we are going through this process now,” he said.

Driscoll said he knows that the design that is chosen will not please everyone.

“We want to make sure that we have made every effort to hear from our neighbors and the community before we go forward,” he said.

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