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Where We Work

WHOI's OBS Lab occupies just over 3,700 sq. ft. in the Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS) constructed in 2011. The building was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is WHOI's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified laboratory, which assess buildings for materials and methods that foster human and environmental health as well as inside features that contribute to sustainability and workplace efficiency. The OBS Lab space was tailored to meet our specific needs, with ample work space and storage, as well as ready access to staging areas and equipment at WHOI's Quissett and Village campuses, including the Institution's port facility and research vessels.

Building Exterior | Building Interior | Additional WHOI Facilities

LOSOS Building (Exterior)

The WHOI LOSOS building offers modern, efficient facilities that includes space for seagoing lab vans, battery storage vans, a range of vehicles, and ready access to the building's interior. Click on an area to learn more.


LOSOS Building (Interior)

The flexible OBS Lab space was custom-built with an eye toward maximizing workflow and cruise readiness, ensuring organization and efficiency, and enabling advances in design and testing. Click on an area to learn more.


Additional WHOI Facilities

Just 350 yards from LOSOS is WHOI's Coastal Research Lab, with ready access to a salt water test tank and spacious high bay.

  • High Bay
    • 49' x 80' x 23' high with a 10-ton overhead bridge crane
  • Salt Water Test Tank
    • 10' x 14' x 10' deep; accessible with the high bay overhead crane