For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Expansion & Renovations
The Operations division has completed a Master Plan outlining the construction on the campus for the next five years.
Harrington Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, underwent a facelift with new windows and envelope. Roof repairs are in progress. Underway 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.
The updated master plan also calls for the off-campus relocation of the Marine and Facilities departments and the re-purposing of this important centrally located building site. The new area (pending funding) will include a state-of-the-art academic building, with faculty offices, classroom buildings, new energy and environmental labs, and a new campus switchgear.
Keeping its vigilant commitment to sustainability, all new spaces will meet or exceed the US Green Buildings Council LEED Silver standard. The Academy continues to comply with Executive Order 484 and the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment by reducing consumption, greenhouse gas emission reduction, and green cleaning and purchasing programs. In addition to energy responsible construction, the Academy is also undertaking several green energy projects such as completion of installation of a solar thermal project which provides 50% of the energy required to heat the Natatorium pool and domestic hot water. Through these initiatives, the Academy has received approximately $87,800 in rebates.
Additionally, The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) has awarded (May 16, 2016) the ABS Information Commons the highest achievable Certification of LEED Platinum for Building Design and Construction. This is a prestigious rating, difficult to achieve, that demonstrates a commitment to develop sustainable, energy saving and environmentally friendly projects. This is the first LEED Platinum building in the commonwealth’s college and university system.
The Waterfront Protection Project has begun. This new $5,000,000 pier and breakwater will support the Academy’s small boat operations as well as the college’s new hydro-kinetic test center.
Admirals’ Hall received a $3,000,000 facelift that includes a new front entrance and expanded seating for over 400 cadets - enough to seat our incoming freshman class.
Underway 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 a $10,000,000 expansion of Alumni Gymnasium. The new space will support the increasing student population with expanded cardio areas, weight rooms, and sport court spaces.
The updated master plan also calls for the off-campus relocation of the Marine and Facilities departments and the re-purposing of the building currently located in the center of 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.
Bresnahan Academic Building
In 2005 the Bresnahan Academic Building was expanded by adding a new engineering lab space and multi-use classrooms.
Clean Harbors Athletic Center
Clean Harbors Athletic Center was appropriately named in June 2009 due to the generous gift of $1,500,000.00 donated by Clean Harbors. The agreement is a symbol of the values and legacy Clean Harbors and the Academy hold in common and strengthen the commitment of environmental services and solutions.
The Able Engineering Media Center was recently completed with cardio/press box (complete with water views) adjacent to the gymnasium overlooking the 1200 seat stadium. Other upgrades include the installation of an ADA/Elevator, newly renovated training room and upgraded locker rooms.
Pande Dining Hall
Pande Dining Hall underwent a major renovation in 2011 to accommodate our growing enrollment. The renovation included modernizing the dish-drop area designed for our environmentally friendly tray-less facility as well as a stunning expansion of the servery.
Campus Decentralization has been completed in 2010 to include HVAC/decentralization of Hurley, Harrington, Power Plant, and T. S. Kennedy.
ABS Information Commons
The state-of-the-art $23,000,000, 42,000 square foot LEED Gold Certified ABS Information Commons is the newest academic building on campus. The building is cooled and heated by a geothermal system along with chilled beam technology. The building also includes a full mission Ship’s 360° Bridge Simulator located on the mezzanine. This state-of-the-art simulator will give cadets panoramic first-hand experience in ship handling. The grand opening was 07 September 2011.
Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA)
The Massachusetts State College Building Authority completed a $50,000,000 project expanded Fourth Company dormitory – out ten rooms towards the bay and up six stories netting the Academy 200 additional cadet beds. In addition to the Fourth Company expansion, all dormitory bathrooms are being upgraded and new student lounges were added in all companies. Included in the renovation the Fantail lounge and the expansion of Pande Dining Hall which offers an additional 200 seats with stunning views of the T. S. Kennedy and the Cape Cod Canal. The quality of student life has improved by the addition of larger lounges with views of the bay, an express gym, and new tennis and basketball courts. Additionally, this project has connected the dining hall, dormitories and Fantail with a boardwalk atmosphere and grand foyer.
Gerhard E. Kurz Hall
Also included in the master plan is the $8,000,000 renovation of the former Hurley Library. The renovated space houses the Academy Bookstore, the Department of Career and Professional Services, the Department of Advancement Operations, and faculty offices. The project was completed in September 2014.