Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

Florida’s Apalachicola reserve protects one of the most productive estuarine system in the northern hemisphere, with this new headquarters designed to support this ecologically sustaining mission.

Sited near the north end of the St. George Island Bridge in East Point, Florida, this 20,000 square foot facility is carefully sited to minimize the loss of habitat within a grove of live oak and pine trees, while simultaneously providing views of the nearby St. George Sound. Designed in a style that reflects the history of its hard-working oyster community, the project is organized as a collection of buildings forming a compact campus.

The site includes a Visitor’s Center complex containing an exhibit hall, multi-purpose room, library, amphitheater and support functions.

To the north of the Visitor’s Center, the Administrative complex houses education, research and stewardship offices, all gathered around a central outdoor deck and conference room. The building has been designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines, achieving LEED silver certification.

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LOCATION

EAST POINT, FL

SIZE

20,000 SF

YEAR OF COMPLETION

2010

CATEGORY

RESEARCH AND SCIENCE

PERFORMANCE METRICS

100 KBTU/SF-YR MEASURED DURING OCCUPANCY

95 KBTU/SF-YR MEASURED EUI TYPICAL OF THIS BUILDING TYPE & SIZE

-5% SAVINGS MEASURED VS TYPICAL OF THIS BUILDING TYPE & SIZE

113 KBTU/SF-YR MODEL PREDICTION: AS DESIGNED

SERVICES

ARCHITECTURE

INTERIOR DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHER CREDIT

JEFF WOLFRAM