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Lessons by the Sea by Erika Huddleston Project Sea Scout Base Galveston, Galveston Client Ed Carrette, Executive Director, Sea Scout Base Galveston, Charles and Rosemary Doolin, Benefactors Architecture Firm Project Architect / Architect of Record: Randall-Porterfield Architects; Design Architect: Shipley Architects Photographers Bao Loi and Arlen Kennedy

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7/8 2015

On calm days, winds on the Texas coast ruffle the drifts of palmetto, muhly, and smoothskinned cord grasses that lace the dunes and marshes bordering the Gulf. But each summer, hurricane season poses a distinct risk. Galveston, site of the deadliest natural disaster ever to hit the U.S. — the 1900 Galveston Hurricane — has borne the brunt of such storms again and again. The most recent was 2008’s Hurricane Ike, which caused more than $50 billion worth of damage to the town and other nearby communities. Sea Scout Base Galveston, a nonprofit marine and maritime educational center completed in September 2014, was designed to take advantage of the gentle breezes, while also withstanding punishing gale-force winds. The site is anchored by a bustling, six-story, 70,000-sf building that includes dormitories, administrative offices, and more. The primary metaphor for the design of the structure was “a ship in dry dock, a boat that does not go out to sea,” says architect Dan Shipley, FAIA.

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