New Look for the Quissett Campus


The Institution initiated a master planning process in 2001 to accommodate facility needs both at Quissett and in Woods Hole over the next ten to twenty-five years. Action on that plan began in June 2002 with clearing for a new Quissett Campus ring road, designed to move vehicle traffic and parking areas to the perimeter of the complex and to create a central pedestrian corridor. The goal is to promote an academic campus atmosphere.

The master plan identifies sites for new buildings and calls for preserving and enhancing important natural features of the Quissett Campus. Two buildings to house a biogeochemistry complex, marine mammal researchers, and other laboratories and facilities are in the planning stages. In the village of Woods Hole, plans are being made to renovate the Blake Building to accommodate expanding needs of the Deep Submergence Laboratory.

Ellenzweig Associates of Cambridge, MA, and Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects of Falmouth, MA, are designing and executing the campus plan. Stimson Associates’ design received the 2001 Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.