MMA has recently completed its Master Plan outlining the construction on the campus for the next five years. Part of that plan continues the expansion and renovation of the dormitory complex. The $50M project expands 4th Company - out 10 rooms towards the bay and up 6 full stories netting the Academy 200 additional cadet racks (i.e. beds).
In addition to the 4th Co expansion, all heads (i.e. bathrooms) in all dorms are being renovated and student lounges are being added in all companies. The dorm work, managed by the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), includes the renovation of the Fantail lounge and the expansion of the Pande Dining Hall.
Also included in the plan is the ongoing $8M renovation of the former Hurley Library. The renovated space will house the Academy Bookstore, the Career and Professional Services department, the Advancement office and faculty offices. Next door in the Harrington Building, Admirals Hall is getting a $3M facelift that includes a new front entrance and expanded seating for over 400 cadets (enough to seat our "typical" incoming freshman class!)
The Waterfront Protection Project has begun. This new $5M pier and breakwater will support the Academy's small boat operations as well as the college's new hydro-kinetic test center.
On the drafting board is the new pedestrian walkway which will relocate the former "Power Plant Road" to the outskirts of the baseball field and will create a central walkway linking the much-used Alumni Gymnasium to the rest of the campus. Phase II of this initiative includes an $8M expansion of the gym. The new space will support the increasing student population (the vast majority of whom participate in varsity, club or intramural athletics) with expanded cardio areas, weight rooms and sport court spaces.
The updated Master Plan, drafted by Sasaki Associates, also calls for the off-campus relocation of the Marine and Facilities departments and the re-purposing of the "space metal" eyesores currently located in the center the campus. The new area is slated to include a new energy and environmental lab as well as an academic building, as funding allows.
Keeping its vigilant commitment to sustainability, all new spaces will meet or exceed the US Green Buildings Council LEED Silver standard. In addition to the responsible construction, the Academy is also undertaking several green energy projects. Stay tuned!