The Hingham Terminal opened on February 7, 2017 for use by ferry passengers. The building dedication will take place later in the spring.
The Hingham Terminal 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 has constructed and will operate the facility, which will be shared with other state and local public agencies.
The Hingham Terminal site occupies a portion of the historic Hingham Shipyard. In recent years, the surrounding properties have been redeveloped into The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, a mixed-use development of residences, office, retail, entertainment, and recreational spaces. The Hingham Terminal replaces outdated commuter boat offices and ticket sales functions which previously operated at the DCR’s adjacent existing Building 45. The Terminal also provides 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.
The Terminal will be dedicated in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Herbert L. Foss, a distinguished veteran of the Spanish-American War.