Marine Conservation Facility

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(in progress)

The Marine Conservation Facility project at Scripps Institution of Oceanography breathes new life into the last standing structure of four that comprised the original (1964) Southwest Fisheries Science Center designed by Frank L. Hope and Associates. Three buildings were razed and the nearby hillside reinforced in 2014, making way for a modernized and enhanced facility that will both enrich SIO’s renowned educational and research programs and capitalize on its coastal location. The ‘Building D’ renovation honors Hope’s original design while functionally contemporizing the modernist structure with 8 new teaching and research labs. The adjacent addition houses an open-air classroom/lecture/conference space, rooftop café, and two large stepped terraces to accommodate special events and shelter the expanded lower parking lot. The organization of space celebrates the building’s history and embodies the sense of ocean, earth and atmospheric science research and education that SIO is celebrated for.

Client: University of California, San Diego
Completion: in progress
Size: 56,000 SF
LEED Rating: Minimum Silver eligibility