Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute - Expedition Staging Building and Building G



Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Expedition Staging Building and Building G

Cutting-edge engineering and research

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) uses cutting-edge engineering technology to support biological, chemical, and physical science research in deep-water ocean environments. To support the evolving needs of MBARI's scientific and engineering programs, the organization decided to pursue two new facilities on their campus in Moss Landing.

The 6,000-square-foot Expedition Staging Building (ESB) is a marine science and environmental research facility that will be used to assemble mobile data gathering platforms and instrumentation in shipping containers for deployment on research vessels. The instrumentation is used by MBARI's researchers to gather samples, data, and images from submersible gathering probes – both on their own vessels as well as in collaboration with other institutions worldwide. The design is intended to respect the natural environment and historical context of the site as well as accommodate trucks used for transporting the shipping containers.

Building G is a 30,000-square-foot research and development building. Activities in the building include flexible spaces for scientific research, instrument development and preparation, and research platform engineering and assembly; all areas that serve the core function of the organization. The conference rooms and the large, multi-media rooms will have waterfront views, and the building will be located across the street from the research vessel docks. The building was planned to accommodate sea level rise from the ocean side and FEMA flood zones on the landward side, all relevant to construction on the harbor/oceanfront campus.

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LocationMoss Landing, California

Project TypeScience & Technology