Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Seawater Laboratory 2
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
McPherson Design Group completed contract documents for this $2 Million Project, which included the design of an 8,000 square foot building that is below the flood plain. Our Design Team had to acquire a variance from the State to complete this project. The building is supported by piles and is being designed to handle high wind loads, forces from waves, and forces from debris. The site is an old oyster shell deposit and is generally flat with an average grade elevation of approximately 5.5 - 6.0. Flood zone rating is high hazard, VE - 11+12. The site is bound on the west by Atlantic Street and by Finney's Creek on the remaining sides. The water edges are fully bulkheaded. Seawater is pumped into the lab buildings from the creek and returned to the creek. The objective of this project was to replace the aging metal buildings currently located on the 1/2 acre site with a new flood proof structure to house the seawater laboratory and support functions. We also provided Special Inspection services for this project. In 2012, our Design Team received the HRACRE Award of Merit for Best Institutional/Public Building for this project.