Great Swamp Environmental Science Center

AIA Award Winner — American Institute of Architects, National Design Award, Committee on Education Published and exhibited nationally.

Together with the Morris Land Conservancy and the National Park Service, the Kimmerle Group of architects developed an integrated science center to examine issues of environmental quality in the landmark Great Swamp watershed and basin.

The project integrates programmatic federal guidelines for public participation in wildlife preserves and provides both secondary school and college-based teaching and research opportunities through the creation of lab, classroom and exhibition areas.

The central structure recalls the post and timber vernacular of the local agricultural architecture, while the locations of associated outbuildings address the programmatic needs of administrative and academic research affiliates from local universities and area nonprofits.

Integrating environmental priorities and green technologies is an important professional and national goal. To achieve those ends in the context of a public education and research facility is both rewarding and important.

Location

Basking Ridge, NJ

Year

2011