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PROJECT // University of Delaware: College of Marine Studies, Center for Biogeochemistry
LOCATION
Lewes, Delaware

DESIGN SOLUTION
Programming and design for a new 8,500 s.f. laboratory facility to house specialized oceanographic research activities. The facility provides landside support for analysis of samples and data gathered from sea cruises. This laboratory building necessitated specialized spaces to ensure uniform environmental control and cleanliness which would guarantee sample viability for the various spectroscopic, organic geochemistry, and sedimentary geochemistry studies. Class 100 and Class 10000 clean rooms with circulation control planned in a hierarchal manner, allow sample isolation as they are processed from the ship's hold to lab bench. The corrosive nature of the coastal environment and the materials being tested necessitated special attention to materials selection, HVAC design, and equipment specifications.

A docking module is provided for a transportable lab which is used while at sea and then relocated to the lab building when in port. Public access with viewing windows allows for educational tours which do not compromise the ongoing research projects.



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