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Grand Opening of Southwest Fisheries Science Center La Jolla Laboratory

Grand Opening of Southwest Fisheries Science Center La Jolla Laboratory

The Technology Partnerships Office would like to announce the Grand Opening of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center La Jolla Laboratory in California. 

According to SWFSC,  the planning, design and construction of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project represents a unique blend of form, function and sustainability. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the building will be a focal point for ecosystem-based fisheries research, surveys and technological development. The new facility includes 125,000 square feet of office and laboratory space for 275 scientists and support staff from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife and a unique, multistory, 500,000-gallon Ocean Technology Development Test Tank. State-of-the-art laboratories include experimental aquaria, large animal necropsy, biotechnology, advanced survey technologies, ecology and life history, in addition to extensive research collections and a main library. 

The design goals were to create a building that would take advantage of the natural characteristics of the site and local climate while fostering the ever-changing needs of science. The architectural team included a wide variety of innovative design and sustainable strategies covering all areas of the project: energy efficiency, rooftop photovoltaic cells, elaborate water retention systems, regionally sourced materials, terra cotta solar shading, charging stations for electric cars, and green roofs planted with California coastal chaparral.

While still a work in progress, the building received an Honor Award from the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2008, and was nominated for a Member’s Choice award in 2010. In 2012, the building won an Energy and Environmental Stewardship award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and in the first months of 2013 the project has been awarded the San Diego Gas & Electric Energy Showcase award, the Project Achievement award by the San Diego chapter of the Construction Management Association of America, and a Merit Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies, California. 

The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

(Copyright © 2013 Southwest Fisheries Science Center all rights reserved.)


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