Construction Starts on New Maritime Tech Center
The Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division will be the home of the
Maritime Technology Information Center. Costing $11.9 million, the 50-thousand square foot facility
will house a collaborative environment for ship design and new concepts in naval engineering. The U.S.
Navy awarded the contract to Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland on
September 25, 2003. (See coakleywilliams.com)
Division commander Captain Charles Behrle, USN, stated that the new center would enable the Navy to
reinforce strong collaborative ties with government, industry and academia, creating integrated
engineering solutions for the fleet. The center will continue Carderock Division's prominence as a
national and international "center of excellence" for maritime technology. By improving information
exchange, this site will become a nexus for communications and information sharing about developments
in ship systems and marine engineering.
The new facility promises better linkage connecting universities, regional maritime centers and
businesses worldwide. The latest decision support tools such as video teleconferencing areas and
meeting rooms with "state-of-the-art" audiovisual equipment will replace aged, dispersed and
limited-occupancy rooms. This asset will accommodate the latest data and information transfer demands.
The planned building boasts a 400-seat auditorium.
"This is a timely opportunity to replace 1940-era buildings that are a cost burden to the Navy. This
new building will reduce maintenance and utility expense. It will support Carderock Division's role in
helping shape the fleet of the future as the Navy changes and adapts to its 21st Century mission,
through hosting design teams and other efforts that draw on industrial, academic and government
talents" said Captain Behrle.