Visible from major transportation routes, including two interstate highways, the building acts as a beacon marking the terminus of the city’s riverwalk. It is sited inside the refuge, supporting the client’s goal of creating a symbiotic relationship between urban development along the waterfront and the natural environment.
What Our Clients Say
“The success of this project is due, in large part, to the vision of Alan Reed, who envisioned the building sitting here at the edge of the wildlife refuge ...”
Suggestive of the nearby working railroad bridge and the industry that dominates adjacent sites, the detailing of the bridge and building are juxtaposed with the framed view of the refuge that greets visitors as they approach, highlighting the tenuous connection between man and nature.
Entering on the third level, visitors explore an interactive exhibit area while surrounded by views to the City and natural setting that are the subject of the interpretation. Cantilevered covered decks extend the experience outdoors and offer vast panoramic views across the wetlands. The lower level classroom becomes an indoor laboratory for examination of specimens collected on site.
AIA Delaware Design Honor Award
AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Merit Award
AIA Baltimore Grand Design Award
AIA Baltimore Design Award
IFMA Delaware Chapter Green Building Award