Estuarine Habitats & Coastal Fisheries Research Center

​Opened in July 1998, this national award-winning project was a collaboration with Joint Venture partner Guidry Beazley Osteen Architects at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The facility includes office and laboratory space for use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Service Biological Resources Division. 

“Architects experiment with the art and science of making places. We enlist our clients’ help in giving us direction, and together, we build structures that are as much alive as anything in a petri dish. Possibly what comes closest to being a large-scale, functioning petri dish are the man-made wetlands outside the Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center… There was just a hole in the ground, which after collecting rainwater furnished a fertile place for wind-borne seeds to sprout. In time, these plants provided shelter, attracting waterfowl and amphibians.  As a tool for education, the beauty of this petri dish speaks for itself and for the plants and creatures the scientists working inside hope to preserve.” —   Charles Linn, AIA, Architectural Record, June 1999

Performance Metrics

  • 185 kBtu/sf-yr  Measured during occupancy  
  • 370 kBtu/sf-yr  Measured EUI typical of this building type & size 
  • 50% savings  Measured vs typical of this building type & size
Location: Lafayette, LA Map This Location
Size: 69.000 square feet
Year of Completion: 1998
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