Horseneck Beach – Bathhouse

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Horseneck Beach Bathhouse
Westport, MA

Scope: Schematic Design through Construction Administration.

Completion Date: 2008

Project Description:
The new design for Horseneck Beach includes the construction of two new bathhouses, one in each of the two major parking lots to either side of the central beach plaza. These buildings each contain approximately 1/3rd of the public restroom accommodations for the beach, as well as cold water rinse stations and changing stalls. The buildings are shingle style in appearance. Their central open air pavilion aligned with the new dune boardwalk crossing, serve as a gateway to the beach. These buildings are positioned along the boundary of the existing parking lot and existing dunes, and restore more than 40% of previously impervious area to planting bed. Locally indigenous plants are scheduled in the planting list, including native pitch pine, native grasses, and fragrant sumac. While these buildings and the Beach Service Building are traditional in style, they incorporate such innovative features as natural ventilation, day-lighting, and composting toilets. Materials were carefully selected to provide the least possible maintenance and the greatest durability.

Staff Assigned:
Stephen L. Kelleher, AIA
Principal In Charge