Community Meeting Spaces; Maritime Introduction, Academic Courses; Training Curriculum with Pilot Simulators; U.S.C.G. Certification Courses.
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Workshops were held to work with community leaders, businesses, schools and six local communities. The purpose was to co-create a clear vision, identify concerns, seek buy-in and provide functional results. The project created numerous community partnerships with local businesses that have deeply affected and transformed course offerings. The building provides flexible meeting spaces and fosters “Community Fair” for families to experience the unique maritime features and environment.
The iconic building form and location embodies the maritime image and reflects the opportunity inherent on the Gulf Coast. Exterior design was defined by interior requirements. The interior includes multi-purpose meeting rooms with full glazing for ship channel view, flexible classrooms, collaborative spaces, galley, simulation labs, radar/navigation, full bridge, mini-bridge, liquid cargo and joint control rooms. These spaces imitate a real work environment that enhances experiential learning.
The research-based concept began with Visioning Workshops which involved staff, students, industry partners, maritime instructors and community groups. Site visits and reviews of existing facilities included Maritime Centers in Boston, Florida, Houston Ship Channel and Galveston. A Design Committee was formed with stakeholders to participate in design/program decisions throughout the process. Through regular meetings, the program goals were effectively translated into architectural documents.
The project complies with sustainable concepts such as a “cool roof system”; wetlands conservation; bio-swale and a natural habitat area along the shore; highly efficient MEP systems; lighting and native landscaping for the coast. These systems were chosen for longevity, adaptability and life-cycle costs. Careful consideration was made to protect the drainage canal which feeds the large estuary area north of the site. Finishes were selected for their recycled properties and durability.
Due to coastal zone building codes, the integrity of the concrete structure, heavy masonry, roofing and deck design etc. are low-maintenance, energy-efficient and life-cycle effective. The multi-use facility meets windstorm requirements, U.S.C.G. regulations and is shared by community organizations. As a local resource, the U.S.C.G. regularly holds events in the building. The location prompted the tug/barge industry to construct a pier and allowed their tugs to be used by the Maritime program.
A true transformative learning environment bringing together early college HS students, college workforce and certification students, U.S.C.G. Professionals for certification requirements and maritime professionals. From introductory courses, through simulation and training labs, multi-purpose classrooms and meeting rooms, flex spaces, to exterior viewing decks and ground floor covered training areas, this facility is an amazing environment of interaction and learning for all.
Star of Distinction Category Winner