The historic Port of Los Angeles is set to become a new kind of hub, this time for innovative ecological research. AltaSea recently announced plans for the Gensler-designed “Campus of Innovation.” The 35-acre ocean research facility will be complete by 2023, with the first phase expected to open next year.
AltaSea’s state-of-the-art, net-positive campus will be built on City Dock No. 1, with access to the deep sea. This location will allow scientists to study marine life and develop programs for sustainability. The organization’s executive director, Jenny Krusoe, said in press release, “AltaSea will be a campus dedicated to finding ocean-related solutions to our most pressing challenges: food security, energy security and climate security.”
The dock’s historic features will be both honored and updated as renovation proceeds, thanks to the mesmerizing design by Gensler. Renewable models for energy and rooftop solar fields illuminate the campus’ central themes and engage visitors in its mission. The Wharf Plaza Education Center is part of the $150 million Phase 1, where ocean exploration and sustainable solutions are at the core of the project’s vision. Other phases will include a Science Hub for oceanographic and marine biology research, where the Southern California Marine Institute will be housed, and an educational Engagement Center for visitors.
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