Excerpt material from Master Plan Report • PDF  


Developed in a close collaboration between SERC scientists, SERC staff, and Smithsonian officials, the Master Plan was developed collaboratively by POOLE DESIGN and EwingCole. It has become a model Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan that articulated a robust plan that ranged from branding, mission development, program realignment, operations and maintenance protocols, land stewardship standards, future facilities plans, and funding strategies. The project balanced heavy public access and outreach within an ecologically sensitive and historically/archaeologically important site that includes Native American middens, a 19th c. homestead, dairy operation artifacts, an antebellum farm site, and an historic wharf site—in addition to water and forest research sites. These objectives were accomplished by 1) articulating a coordinated, site-wide infrastructure strategy; 2) clustering program into distinct nodes that facilitate visitor management, protect site resources, and permit incremental development of the plan; and 3) developing clear organizational structures and protocols to ensure the plan's successful actualization.

CLIENT: Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
SIZE: 2,650 acres
SERVICES: Master Plan, including building locations, landscape design, infrastructure systems, visitor facilities, educational programming, landscape management, research protection strategies, archaeological and cultural landscape treatments, historical landscape interpretation, performance guidelines, and detailed programming, phasing plan, and estimated budget
CREDITS: PDF summary of Master Plan Report prepared by EwingCole (www.ewingcole.com) See button at top right of page

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