NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
The GDS design team provided architectural and engineering services and ongoing construction administration services for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s new consolidated laboratory for its Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
Cost/Project Size: $55 million, 124,000 SF building
Completion Date: 2013
Awards: LEED Gold Certified
The $55 million, 124,000 SF building sits near a coastal bluff next to the La Jolla Shores beach on the Pacific Ocean.
The state-of-the-art facility houses both office and laboratory spaces as well as a one-of-a-kind 500,000 gallon acoustical tank for aquatic research.
PROJECT SIZE: 124,000 sq ft
One of the project’s most notable features, GDS designed the solar roof complete with 826, Sharp 240 w module-type stand-up solar panels and two 100kw inverters from Satcon Technology Corporation. The Solar rack system features both a penetrating and ballasted support configuration. This rooftop photovoltaic power provides a 7% reduction annually in the amount of electricity needed to be pulled from the public power grid. That’s enough energy to power 40 houses and to assist the region in diminishing peak electrical load demand.