Romberg Center for Environmental
Marine Labs and Administration
Coastal Mediterranean climate
San Francisco Bay watershed
rom Cod Fishery to Navy base to
Golden Gate Bridge staging facility, this
land has been a prominent bay shore
location for over 150 years.
Our planning analysis produced optimal
layouts for both academic interaction
and marine science’s indoor-outdoor
research. For example, each research
lab opened to an adjoining sunny south
side work-yard specialized to the
needs of marine science.
The 25 ft high existing concrete crane
rail (from the Navy base days) was
saved from demolition and reused as
support for the main walkway canopy.
This became the circulation spine
connecting new labs, existing labs,
administration, library and the café.
Reuse of existing abandoned military
Special lightweight construction
to minimize impact on existing fill
Sunny south workyards for all labs
Careful daylighting adapted to
Photovoltaics and Solar Hot Water
Living Machine Waste Treatment
Exposed infrastructure throughout for
lower costs, improved maintenance
and educational value.