The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), originally a small school for training public school teachers, first introduced the study of marine science in its curriculum in the 1930s. Since then, UCSB has steadily progressed to a nationally ranked research university that currently offers almost 100 bachelor's programs, 50 master's programs and more than 30 Ph.D. programs.
During this time the study of marine science has evolved into a highly interdisciplinary research field with faculty from other areas including biology, geology, ecology, chemistry, materials engineering, oceanography, environmental science, and public policy. The collaboration of these diverse disciplines has had to overcome physical limitations as they have been widely scattered among academic buildings across the campus until recently.
The $25-million Marine Science Building (MSB) is designed to accommodate the continued growth and expansion of activities in ocean sciences and educational outreach. The four-story, 62,000-sf facility contains teaching and research labs, faculty and departmental offices, conference facilities, and support areas.
MSB is a wedge-shaped building with an open-air courtyard in the center. Two sides of the building feature an auditorium and four floors of office space. The third wing contains labs on the first three floors and offices on the fourth floor. The 90-seat auditorium is fully equipped with multimedia technology to host educational activities, community outreach, and scientific conferences. The courtyard provides a convenient gathering space. Open walkways and bridges between the floors increase visibility of the faculty and students, and encourage chance meetings and informal interaction.
Six seawater work rooms are located on floors one, two and three. MSB's proximity to the Santa Barbara Channel enables seawater to be pumped directly to the laboratories. Four temperature controlled environmental rooms are used for conducting studies that require carefully controlled environments, including studies that duplicate arctic conditions. A hazardous materials room on the first floor stores larger quantities of chemicals. Specialized equipment is located in the labs and common support areas throughout the building. Three conference rooms are also available in MSB.
LEED® Green Building efforts include renewable energy sources, reduction of CFCs in HVAC equipment, natural ventilation of offices, water-efficient landscaping, reclaimed water for landscape irrigation, and easy access to alternative transportation.
|Building Owner:||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Building Location:||Santa Barbara, California UNITED STATES|
|Project Type:||New Construction|
|Principal Building Function:||Marine science research|
|Project Delivery Method:||General Contractor|
|Cost Per Sq. Ft:||$285|
|About These Cost Figures|
Laboratory: Dry And Wet
|Architect||ZGF Architects LLP|
|Consultant - Accoustical/AV||Veneklasen Associates Inc.|
|Consultant - Cost Analysis||Davis Langdon|
|Consultant - Exhibit Design||BIOS Inc.|
|Consultant - Fire Protection||Rolf Jensen & Associates|
|Consultant - Lighting||Francis Krahe & Associates Inc.|
|Consultant - Sea Water||PC Aquatics|
|Engineer - Civil||Penfield & Smith Engineers/Surveyors|
|Engineer - Electrical||Flack & Kurtz Consulting Engineers|
|Engineer - Mechanical||Flack & Kurtz Consulting Engineers|
|Engineer - Structural||KPFF Consulting Engineers|
|General Contractor||Pinner Construction|
|Landscape Architect||Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC|
|Profile Created 11/01/2005|
|Last Updated 04/04/2006|
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