UCSD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, California
Completed in 2013
Housing a variety of marine scientists whose goals are to study and protect the marine ecosystem, the MESOM Laboratory is located on a previously developed, steep ocean-front site overlooking the researchers’ larger laboratory – the Pacific Ocean. The building program vertically integrates the development of new physical, biological and chemical sensors with autonomous oceanographic platforms to support them, and provides observations in the California Current Ecosystem in order to perform forecasting based on coupled physical and biological/ecological numerical models. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the building enables invaluable exchange among collaborators who would otherwise be located in multiple buildings on the campus. A primary design goal is to create a building which optimizes the opportunities for multidisciplinary research and both formal and informal interactions between scientists in different disciplines.
The MESOM Laboratory is LEED Platinum certified.