Cohasset Sailing Club
The new buildings provide a flexible, open, inviting, and durable campus for a rigorous sailing school program and special events space that is available to the community. A garage-door type panel system allows the building to be completely opened from the land to water sides and creates wide, unobstructed spans for teaching, assembly, and special events. Special limited-use, tiered classroom area is located on an observation deck, providing views across the harbor to the ocean for racing committee and safety monitoring beyond the harbor. The cupola creates a gently lit beacon that is visible from all points in and around Cohasset Harbor. The building and structures were carefully planned to site strategically alongside the Historic Minot's Light oil shed and the replica of the original Minot's Light
The building was designed within confining conservation, FEMA, and local zoning constraints The building follows LEED(TM) guidelines for green building in multiple divisions. It is constructed of a combination of very traditional structure (hand mortised, nail-less post-and-beam) and innovative building technology (SIPs panels), and is passively ventilated.
Features that integrate the Club and community's rich maritime history include a cantilever that is created from substantial ships-knee braces on the south elevation. These braces were sourced from live oak stock that was salvaged from federally protected wood that was acquired from the US Government's restoration of the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"). In homage to Club's founders, the fireplace and selected brackets were milled from timbers that were salvaged from the original CSC building during construction.
The building is capable of providing a flexible range of utilitarian and formal functions, which provide revenue to the club in the off-season.