Marine Education Center
The newly completed Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center is envisioned as a living laboratory where visitors “come and do” instead of “come and see,” it serves as the outreach and education sector of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. Throughout the 100-acre site, visitors can learn about the local marine environment through an immersive experience in the center’s coastal setting.
Lake|Flato designed a new collection of six buildings for the Center, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Designed to be wind and flood resilient, the energy efficient center exemplifies sustainable coastal building techniques in harmony with the marine environment. The primary 28,000 square-foot facility includes outdoor classrooms, laboratories, administration offices, assembly spaces, exhibition areas and a 200-foot long pedestrian suspension bridge.
Associate Architect: unabridged Architecture
Landscape: Studio Outside
Photographer: Casey Dunn