JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY – MARINE SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Project: Jacksonville University – Marine Science Research Institute
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Owner: Jacksonville University
Construction Cost: $6.0 Million
Project Size: 31,000 SF
Completion: July 2010A two-story, multi-use research facility, the Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) includes space for the school’s marine research program, a sailing program, amphitheater, as well as offices for faculty and special user groups. The building is located on the campus of Jacksonville University, less than 50 yards from the banks of the St. Johns River.
The building was constructed using a variety of systems including structural steel, cast-in-place and precast concrete. The building is clad in brick, metal wall panels and features aluminum storefront, curtain wall, and louvers. The building features two showcase elements – the first is a 2-story glassed atrium, the second is an observation lab, with glazing on 3 sides, overlooking the river.
The MSRI was designed with sustainability in mind and was awarded LEED Gold Certification for those efforts. Some of the green features that were incorporated into the project include habitat protection / restoration, low-impact storm water design, innovative wastewater technologies, and water efficiency techniques including rainwater harvesting.