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GWWO Architects

Baltimore, MD

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New Port Canaveral Welcome Center
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center
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Port Canaveral Exploration Tower

GWWO, Inc./Architects, specialists in the design of welcome and visitor centers nationwide, designed the new 20,000-SF center located in Brevard County, Florida.  The new iconic Port Canaveral Exploration Tower expresses the common characteristics—transience, function and imagery—of Brevard County's many stories: cruising, the space coast, the military, nature, and beaches. The building's dynamic form and features—sun louvers, exposed structure and iridescent skin—contribute to a constant sense of movement as the sun plays across the structure, meet functional needs, and evoke imagery of the Port and County. A rocket ready to launch, a surfboard in the sand, a ship's hull, a rocket contrail, all can be seen in the structure's striking presence.

The seven-story welcome center features an auditorium, exhibits covering 12,000 years of area history, multi-purpose and special event space, a gift shop and café. The seventh floor hosts an observation deck, with views overlooking the water, and the arriving and departing ships that
frequent the port daily.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Cape Canaveral, FL, US
My Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Alan Reed, Design Principal
Terry Squyres, Principal-in-Charge
John Gregg, Project Manager
Al Ip, Project Architect

 
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center function room
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center function room
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center lobby
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center lobby
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center theater
New Port Canaveral Welcome Center theater

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