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Eastern Shore Lab VIMS Complex

William and Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) added seven new buildings at the VIMS Eastern Shore Lab in Wachapreague, Virginia. The total Complex square footage is 10,200 which included a New Administrative Building, Education Center, Maintenance Shop, Maintenance Storage Buildings 1 & 2, Visiting Scientist/Students Building and an Aquaculture Hatchery . The Administration and Education Center component of the project provided classrooms (with distance learning capabilities), convertible meeting rooms, teaching laboratory and research space.

Location:  Wachapreague, VA 

Owner:     William & Mary University

 Type:        Design

Budget:     $

Eastern Shore Lab VIMS Complex

Project Info Continued ….

These facilities will replace existing buildings that are outdated, in the flood plain, and inadequately sized to meet the current and future programmatic needs of the ESL.  The project design and use of similar building materials will visually and architecturally tie the new facilities to Seaside Hall and the Seawater Laboratory.  The new complex will be raised out of the flood plain and connected by a series of decks, raised walkways, and ramps, to present the public face of the ESL.

Building construction will consist of a stick built frame, plank siding, aluminum and fiberglass windows/doors, drywall, ceiling tile, and vinyl tile floors.  Elevated exterior walking surfaces will be composite and the roof will be sloped with metal standing seam.  HVAC will be marine grade and energy efficient.  Site utilities will require installation of a combined septic system with leach field.  Well water will be increased to accommodate additional square footage.  Alternate water sources will be required to accommodate life safety sprinkler systems.  The project will also provide temporary facilities to allow the ESL to function during construction.

Administration Building – 3,524 SF – Office space for the Director of the Lab, Business Manager, and other full time staff supporting the lab.

Education/Research Building – 4,123 SF Education and laboratory research.  The building houses a large classroom and


multiple laboratories, set-up for specific uses, but allowing for flexibility as visiting students and researchers come to the facility and require different needs.

Maintenance Shop – 5,008 SF – Two small offices, a restroom with the remaining area dedicated to maintenance. The Maintenance shop needed the capability to perform minor service truck repair to boat and boat motor repair, lawn mower repair and small equipment repair. There is also a designated area for a welding station that required a small hood with a switch operated exhaust.

Storage Shop 1 and 2 – 648 SF and 768 SF, – Storage building provided for general materials that support the campus.

Visiting Scientist/Student Building – 6,031 SF – This facility replaced Owens Hall and provide VIMS ESL with a facility for visitors/researchers/students coming to the Eastern Shore Laboratory to participate in field courses or research that last for varying lengths of time (could be 3 days to 3 weeks).

The Aquaculture Hatchery – 2,116 SF replaced a very old and outdated shellfish hatchery. The HVAC system designed was marine grade and energy efficient.  The design also incuded a pump house to be built adjacent to the facility to serve labs required to processed seawater.

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