Elevated above the marshlands, the design for the new DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge responds to the dynamics of the natural systems—tidal river and wetlands—as well as infrastructural site elements: an adjacent railway, high voltage power lines, and multiple utility rights of way.
Traversing the delicate bridge, visitors experience the tenuous connection between man and nature. Seen from afar, the building acts as a beacon marking the terminus of the city’s riverwalk. From within, windows on the north façade frame views to the city, while views to the south open out to the natural setting.
GWWO served as Design Architect with Becker Morgan Group as Architect-of-Record.