The California 27 - Complete Removal vs. Repurpose
Decommissioning Removal Costs 9.9 Billion Completely removing the decommissioned California oil rigs is not only expensive, but destructive to the environment.
Repurpose and Program - Marine Biology Oceanography Climatology Scuba Center Lodging for scientists and students
Seaventures Dive Platform - The only dive platform in the world. Repurposed oil rig.
Ellen & Elly - Oil rigs Ellen and Elly are 8 miles from the California coast. Ellen and Elly are connected by a 200' bridge. They are in 265' of water. They are to be decommissioned by 2020 and are currently used for scuba expedition sites because of their astonishing marine habitats.
Design and Research Process
16'x16' volume modulations
First Floors of Ellen and Elly
Program layout of Ellen and Elly
Lodging locations on Ellen and Elly
Marine Biology-first floor Elly Oceanography-first floor Elly Climatology-first floor Elly Each Lab has a conference room
Elly Lobby - The lobby is located next to the water elevator and across from the scuba center. This is where scientists and students first check in after arriving.
Elly Green Roofs - Includes observation deck.
Bridge between Ellen and Elly - Open-air design with screens allowing for optimal amount of wind to go through, lessening the wind resistance.
Water Elevator - Ellen and Elly both have hydrolic elevators that descend 30 feet from the platform to the water surface for passengers. Elevator capsule is structural screens creating an open-air space. The elevators retract entirely above the platform to protect them from storm surges.
Ellen and Elly Environmental Observatories - Rendering of the east facade of Ellen and Elly.