Located on a 54-acre site overlooking the Damariscotta River, the design for the Bigelow Laboratory campus evolved from several careful planning and design drivers. Working with a previously undeveloped site, the team approached the planning process with a sensitivity toward the existing natural features, working to position the new facilities in a way that preserved existing ecosystems including deer wintering areas, old growth vegetation and upland vernal pools. In order to maintain a strong connection to the natural surroundings and be respectful of the existing context, a compact development area was outlined for the campus, leaving much of the available site undisturbed.
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Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science’s new campus has been recognized with an Honorable Mention from R&D Magazine’s 48th Laboratory of the Year Awards.