St. Croix Virgin Islands is a fragile and sensitive environment and is a crucial habitat to living organisms. I am proposing a Marine Research Center where researchers, students, and visitors are motivated to interact with their surroundings. The overall layout of the built environment, including the creation of bioswales, acts to protect this fragile mangrove ecosystem. Landscape manipulation filters runoff from the nearby hill as it moves through the site. Engineered bioswales direct the newly filtered water to the forest. Special attention must be paid to this process to ensure this water is as pure as possible when it reaches the roots and eventually the ocean, where there has been recent coral reef damage.
Status: School Project
Location: St. Croix, Virgin Island
Additional Credits: Mark Mulhair