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NOAA La Jolla Southwest Fisheries - Project of the Week 9/1/14

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Designed by Gould Evans Architecture on the campus of UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the award-winning 7-story LEED Gold certified NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SFSC) Replacement Project houses the Director's Office, three research divisions (Antarctic Ecosystems Research Division, Fisheries Resources Division, and Marine Mammal and Turtle Division), the Operations and Management Division, Information Technology Services, and three stories of parking. The new structure replaced the existing 1960s facility which was located on a site of significant coastal bluff erosion. Thirty percent of the roof is covered by vegetation on a series of nine greenroofs. In addition to the living roofs, terracotta sun shades, photovoltaic panels, and a state-of-the-art 528,000 gallon ocean technology tank propel the new headquarters in setting a new benchmark in scientific building design. In an effort to restore the endangered native ecology on the building rooftops, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company designed the greenroof gardens for NOAA La Jolla SFSC which function as a series of accessible stepped landscape terraces advancing the agency's mission of public environmental education with elaborate water retention systems and recycled materials. Among others, the vegetated roofs were established with California coastal plantings including velvet cactus (Bergerocactus emoryi), coast prickly pear (Opuntia littoralis), Shaw agave (Agave shawii), woolly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum), rock rose (Helianthenum scoparium), and deer grass (Muhlenbergia rugen), set in an average depth of 9" of custom designed local growing media. To supplement a potential water deficiency during periods of drought the greenroofs have an automatic irrigation system, with excess rainwater captured by drains found in each of the greenroof areas. Click here: http://www.greenroofs.com/projects/pview.php?id=1086 to see more information about this project in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database http://www.greenroofs.com/projects/. Did we miss your contribution? Please let us know to add you to the profile. Would you like one of your projects to be featured? We have to have a profile first! Submit Your Project Profile http://www.greenroofs.com/submit_a_project.htm.