Life Science

Delphi Completes Ocean Research Facility

WHOI pressure test facility recently / photo by Sergio Dabdoub

Falmouth, MA – Delphi Construction, Inc. recently announced the completion of a new pressure test facility at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

The pressure test facility was designed by Noah Greenberg Associates Architects of Falmouth with structural engineering from Coastal Engineering, and MEP from CSI Engineering, Inc. Specialized subcontractor, J&J Concrete Flatwork, provided a super flat slab to meet the exact tolerances specified for this scientific testing equipment installation. Delphi managed construction out of their Mashpee office.

The newly constructed facility resides at WHOI’s Challenger Drive Campus in Woods Hole among a variety of other buildings vital to its scientific research.

The project will facilitate WHOI’s advanced work in underwater pressure testing with the construction of a new facility to house state-of-the-art equipment. 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 prelaunch pressure testing is an imperative safety procedure that guarantees that the scientific equipment will survive these harsh physical forces when deployed to its designated ocean depth.

“Delphi was honored to be chosen to manage this project for this world-renowned scientific organization. We are proud of the spirit of teamwork among all of the project stakeholders and the skills demonstrated by our partners, all of which contributed greatly to the successful outcome of this project.” Said Delphi Project Manager, Michael Paronich.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution a not for profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of the ocean and its connection with the Earth system through a sustained commitment to excellence in science, engineering, and education, and to the application of this knowledge to problems facing society.