Hingham Intermodal Center
The Hingham Intermodal Center is an 8400 square foot, two-story modern transportation facility located at 28 Shipyard Drive in the Hingham Shipyard mixed-use community. The goal of this project is to provide a new facility that allows passengers to move seamlessly between intermodal transit services: the Commuter Boat carrying passengers to downtown Boston and Logan Airport, ferries to the Harbor Islands, and MBTA bus route 220.
The MBTA is constructing and will operate the facility, which will be shared with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Boston Harbor Islands Cruises, Massachusetts Environmental Police, and the Hingham Harbor Master.
The Hingham Intermodal Center site occupies a portion of the historical Hingham Shipyard. In recent years, the surrounding properties have been redeveloped into The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, a mixed- use development featuring residences, office, retail, entertainment, and recreational spaces. The Intermodal Center will replace outdated commuter boat offices and ticket sales functions which are currently operating at the DCR's adjacent existing Building 45. It will also provide new office space for the MBTA and other agencies.
The design of the building's major public space, located within a two-story concourse, emphasizes its openness to the site through the use of large glazed areas with views to outdoor circulation areas, ferry and bus service. The transparency along the building's major pedestrian circulation route provides clear access for patrons, and is intended to create a pleasant and safe environment at any time of the day. As an added waterfront feature, a public outdoor seating area will be located between the building and the docks, providing an enjoyable atmosphere for awaiting the ferry.
One of the building's modern features is a green roof. This is a base soil medium with a low-growth, self supporting, sustainable vegetation such as sedum and/or other ground cover adaptable to the region. The function of the green roof is to reduce storm water runoff while improving the building's environmental performance. The building also incorporates a geothermal well system for energy efficient heating and cooling.
Interior and exterior materials as well as the ventilation system have been selected based on building use, occupancy, life cycle, waterfront environmental conditions (wind, UV radiation, high saline concentration in the atmosphere) and energy saving.
This project is currently under construction and is targeted to open in summer 2016.
The Intermodal Center will be dedicated in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Herbert L. Foss, a distinguished veteran of the Spanish-American War.