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Sandwich harbormaster

One of the building’s most striking features is a second-floor balcony that calls to mind the prow of a ship. The balcony merges form and function, in that it allows the harbormaster and his deputy to step from their offices and see and hear activity in the marina.

“With municipal buildings, the budgets are tight, so you have to be very deliberate where you try to create a little extra flair,” says Sawyer. “We saw that as an opportunity to play with the design a little and create some interest.”

“It was a very enjoyable project,” says Chris Raye, vice president of Builders Systems Inc., the contractor, which has offices in Sandwich and Auburn. “The building has a lot of roof line and lots of jogs and configurations that created a lot of trim detail. It was a beautiful building to work on.”

The open interior, with work space for staff members, a conference room and a small lunchroom on the first floor, has an inner lobby that conveys the building’s purpose to the public. A compass rose is inlaid into the wooden floor. To the left is a display case housing an award-winning model of the Rose Standish, which was the first ship to travel through the Cape Cod Canal on July 29, 1914.

It took Carlo DiPersio a year to build the 65-inch model of the paddle steamship. He donated it to the new office in memory of David Whearty, who was the harbormaster from 2012 until his unexpected death in 2015, two months before the groundbreaking for the new building. Whearty, who started working at the marina as a teenager, had been a driving force in the push for a new headquarters.

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