The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of California San Diego challenged the project team 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.
We are honored to have been a part of building along the cliffs of La Jolla, next to such venerable neighbors as the Salk Institute and the Neurosciences Institute.
LEED Gold Certified.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
124,000 sf (office and labs) / 90,000 sf (covered parking)
Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, 2015
AIA Kansas, Citation for Excellence in Architecture Award, 2015
AIA Louisiana, Merit Award, 2015
AIA Kansas City, Merit Award, 2014
AIA San Diego, Honor Award, 2014
AIA New Orleans, Honor Award, 2014
ACEC California Chapter, Merit Award for Engineering Excellence, 2013
SDG&E Energy Showcase Champion, Governmental Category, 2013
San Diego Architectural Foundation Orchids & Onions, Orchid for Architecture, 2013
AIA San Diego, Honor Award, Unbuilt Category, 2008
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS + MEDIA
Video about the NOAA La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project
"Ocean Science", Metropolis Magazine, April 2014
Ace Arial Photography
Vern Elmore copyright 2012