The Facts

Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Size: 11,972 Sq. Ft
Partners: Snipes-Dye
Client: UCSD, Scripps Birch Aquarium
Budget: N/A
Completed: 2012

About the Project

The entry reconstruction project at Birch Aquarium is a collaboration between the University of California at San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at Birch Aquarium. landLAB partnered with Snipes Dye Civil Engineers to reduce the impact of vehicular traffic on this sensitive coastal site while enhancing the arrival experience for Aquarium patrons. By enlarging the existing median, large specimen Torrey Pines salvaged from a campus construction site were given a new and proper sea side home. The enlarged median will accommodate a small bioswale area to infiltrate site storm water runoff. New curvilinear site walls provide space for welcoming and directional signage. The combination of improved signage, an enlarged median, and additional exit lane will result in improved pedestrian safety, visibility and accessibility.