NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of California San Diego challenged Gould Evans to design a facility that would pay homage to a world-class site and create a sustainable building for environmental stewards of the ocean. The Southwest Fisheries building takes advantage of the local microclimate while respecting the ever changing needs of the research scientists. The new facility continues the California-style legacy of an open architectural environment, and courtyards encourage interactions among researchers from different disciplines. Terracotta sun shades, green roofs, photo-voltaic panels, and a state-of-the-art 528,000 gallon ocean technology tank help this building set a new benchmark in scientific building design.

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