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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The New MaGREEN Mammal Center!

Left, the support beams for the shade structures/solar panels are installed.
Right, a pool with completed shade structure beams.

The Marine Mammal Center has been undergoing a complete rebuild of our facilities, and we look forward to moving into our state-of-the-art hospital, education, and research facility, as well as our new administrative buildings in June 2009. It's amazing how quickly the construction is now happening, and every day, the new Center takes shape more and more. The pools for the animals have now been built, and last week, we snapped some pictures of the installation of support beams for the shade structures over the pens (see above). These shade structures will each have solar panels laid down on top of them to do double duty, and should generate the equivalent power that would be consumed by approximately three residential homes. It's one example of the way that the new Center will be as eco-friendly as possible. Some (but not all!) of our other "green" design elements include:

  • The use of natural ventilation for cooling interior spaces.
  • Windows and skylights to maximize natural interior lighting, reducing power consumption
  • Use of pervious concrete ,allowing storm water to seep through the concrete into the ground below, eliminating discharge directly into the ocean.
  • Modern life support systems for treating pen and pool water, and the use of backwash recovery systems to significantly limit discharge to sanitary sewer.
  • On site recycling during demolition (separation of wood, metal, concrete, etc.)
  • Water efficient landscaping with native plantings requiring no irrigation.
  • Concrete with a 15% content of fly ash that is recovered from gases created by coal-fired electric power generation, which is usually dumped in landfills.
  • Rough carpentry with 50% of wood used in project is certified by the Forrest Stewardship Council (FSC-certified).
  • Use of chemical-free materials or materials with reduced chemical preservatives and treatments wherever possible.
  • And much more!

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