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UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science Trying to increase connectivity and sense of community on its campus, MARBIONC’s vision is to position the state’s marine biotechnology industry as a key element in realizing economic and environmental solutions on a global scale.
Located 100 yards from the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway and 500 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, UNC Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science was designed to provide space for large companies, start-ups and other educational institutions to further the Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina’s (MARBIONC) mission to stimulate economic development in North Carolina through the discovery and development of
new products and technologies derived from living organisms found in the sea. According to Mark Sealy, AIA, LEED AP, project director, principal, EYP, it was crucial to both the client and the design team to create a dramatic presence on campus while also creating synergy between the new research building and adjacent, existing academic buildings. Further, because of the nature of
building (research) and the construction type—post-tensioned concrete—coordination of penetrations had to be spot on. “Combined with a very tight site campus noise restrictions, construction phasing, and the fact that the facility was designed to be leased privately—vs. used by the college itself—collaboration and open communication proved key to the ultimate success of the project,” says Sealy.
Designing the building also included thoughtful planning of laboratory and office spaces to protect against potential damage from natural disasters resulting from its location on the coast. MARBIONIC
“Climate and geography had a significant impact on the design,” says Sealy. The research facility is located in a coastal and corrosive environment, so carefully selecting appropriate exterior material was crucial.
Mark Sealy, AIA, LEED AP, Project Director at EYP, has extensive experience designing higher education, commercial and community college projects.
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