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In order to meet our mission of advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system, as well as sharing this understanding with other scientists and all of society, WHOI must have a campus and buildings that facilitate access to the ocean, are adaptable to the changing needs of research and science, and create connections with the both a broader community of researchers and our neighbors on Cape Cod.

Our Strategic Facilities Assessment, done in partnership with the architecture and planning firm DSK, provides us with the base of knowledge necessary to make thoughtful decisions about our facilities today and in the future.


Designed to answer the overarching question of what does WHOI need now and in the future to continue its role as a leading oceanographic research and teaching institution, the Strategic Facilities Assessment was conducted with several key goals in mind:

  • Improving ability of our researchers and partners to conduct and collaborate on groundbreaking science
  • Understanding options for updating and using buildings in a way that reflects research priorities and creates flexibility for the future
  • Maximizing existing space to accommodate a wide array of research and teaching activities
  • Prioritizing water dependent uses on the Dock
  • Identifying opportunities for enhanced sustainability
  • Addressing deferred maintenance needs
  • Enhancing connections with the Woods Hole and Falmouth communities and maintaining our role as an economic driver for the town


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