Woods Hole Terminal Reconstruction Project

Posted: May 26, 2023

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Week ending May 26, 2023

THIS WEEK, on Monday and Tuesday, Cullen Electric and Eversource removed power from the freight shed and transferred power to the temporary switchgear shed in the employee parking lot. Power is now supplied to the site via a new transformer at the entrance to the employee lot.

This work completed the construction for this season. We expect to start the next phase of construction in September 2023 with the demolition of the freight shed and the construction of the permanent terminal building and a new utility building at the location of the current freight shed.

Week ending May 19, 2023

THIS WEEK, Cullen Electric completed terminations for both power and communication cables.

NEXT WEEK, on Monday, Cullen Electric will use a temporary generator to power the slips from the temporary switchgear shed. Eversource will arrive Tuesday morning to switch the street power from the freight shed to the temporary switchgear shed. The scope of work for this phase of construction will then be complete. We anticipate starting construction in September 2023 on the permanent terminal and the utility building.

Week ending May 12, 2023

THIS WEEK, Cullen Electric completed pulling all the communication lines and they terminated the fiber optic cables in the terminal.

NEXT WEEK,Cullen Electric will use a temporary generator to power the slips from the temporary switchgear shed. Eversource plans to power the new transformer and decommission the old transformer at the freight shed on May 23, 2023. When this transfer is completed, the work scope for this phase of construction will be finished.

Week ending May 5, 2023

THIS WEEK, the Steamship Authority built the shed to house the servers for Wi-Fi service. Cullen Electric pulled the communication and power cables to the Wi-Fi shed. They have scheduled a final electrical inspection with the local inspector.

NEXT WEEK, Cullen Electric will be coordinating a plan with Eversource to get power to the new transformer and to switch power from the old freight shed to the temporary switchgear shed.



Phase 5 landside work 

The scope of work for this phase focus on preparing the site for the building construction. The electricians will set up a temporary switchgear building in the employee lot so power can be moved from the freight shed. Lawrence Lynch will be raising the base elevation approximately 5 feet to satisfy the flood plain requirements, and they will be installing new stormwater piping for the back side of the property. This piping will connect with the stormwater piping that was installed as part of the marine contract. Raising the site elevation is complicated logistically because the site must stay in operation during the construction. We plan to complete the elevation work by moving the construction work zone six different times. This will allow vehicle access to at least two vessel slips at all time and continue to have staging available at the site.


Click here to download maps of the six subphases of the project (updated 1/13/2023).

Click here for videos of the Schematic Design and Design Development public engagement sessions.

January 19, 2022 Community Engagement Session Presentation  

November 4, 2021 Landside Community Update presentation 

July 7, 2021 Landside Design Presentation

Landside Design Community Forum (updated 3/23/2021)

Related project documents

Chapter 91 license

Chapter 91 license - recommended final decision

Falmouth Conservation Commission Order of Conditions

ENF Certificate

Environmental Notification Form (WARNING: large file)

2014 Feasbility Study