Understanding the conditions of life at the edge of water and marsh is the function of the National Estuarine Research Reserves. The program incorporates interpretive exhibits, educational resources, and scientific exploration within a sensitive environment at the intersection of fresh and salt marshes, oak uplands and the coastal bay. Planning for environmental sustainability at this edge is critical; for the present, for permanence, and for the instruction it offers to the future.
The visitor center fosters a tangible relationship with scientific laboratories. The two wood-frame structures are woven into the existing tree canopy, and raised 10’ above grade to avoid flooding and storm surge.
Program: 24,937 SF Visitor Exhibits, Research Laboratories, Administrative Offices
LEED Silver Rating
EskewDumezRipple, Architect, John Anderson, Project Architect
Lyons Zaremba, Exhibits
TLC, Mechanical/Electrical Engineer