Coastal Engineering Co. worked with Noah Greenberg Associates Architects, CSI Engineering, and Delphi Construction to design and construct a new Pressure Test Facility which now houses a state-of-the-art apparatus for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI). The project consisted of a cast-in-place concrete structure with an engineered timber-frame roof and was undertaken to facilitate WHOI’s advanced work in underwater pressure testing.

The new apparatus can test scientific equipment at pressures that are equivalent to the deepest measured ocean depths of 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. The facility includes a 2.5-ton crane to lift test specimens and a super flat slab to meet the exact tolerances specified for this scientific testing apparatus installation.

“Coastal Engineering was honored to continue our long-term relationship with WHOI. We are proud to be associated with this successful team effort that will contribute to Cape Cod’s Blue Economy,” said Coastal Engineering President/CEO John Bologna, PE.