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Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans Cape Cod
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Pressure Test Facility 1

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Pressure Test Facility

Specialty Design for State-of-the-Art Marine Testing Facility

Coastal Engineering Co. worked with Noah Greenberg Associates Architects and CSI Engineering to design a new Pressure Test Facility to house state-of-the-art equipment for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). The project was undertaken to facilitate WHOI’s advanced work in underwater pressure testing. The new pressure vessel can test scientific equipment at pressures that are equivalent to ocean depths of 14,000 meters or nearly 8.6 miles. This pre-launch pressure testing is an imperative safety procedure that guarantees that the scientific equipment will survive the harsh physical forces when deployed to its designated ocean depth. This project required specialty construction, including deep foundation, exposed concrete, super flat concrete floors, and corrosion resistant materials in order to meet the exact tolerances specified for this valuable equipment installation.


  • Structural engineering design and drawings
  • Building modeling in Revit
  • Construction contract administration