Blacksburg Farmers Market Independent Study/Built - The Blacksburg Farmer’s Market was expanding with every season. Blacksburg decided it was time to increase the scale and capacity of the market. As an independent study, in 2008. The new farmer’s market was built on the existing site in 2010 and cost $782,000.
Influencing the design of the public library by the dominance of the bookshelves. - Usually in libraries, the bookshelves are not the most important or dominant interior feature. I wanted to question this popular standard with making the bookshelves and integral part of the architecture.
Interior atrium area of Library - This rendering demonstrates the interior bookshelves. The dominant materials are wood, concrete, and glass. They work together with the modular system to create contrast and balance.
A Destination for Conservation: oil rigs have a obligate symbiotic relationship with marine life. - This stunning image was taken below one of the oil rigs in the Beta Field, near Long Beach California. These oil rigs have 30 years of biomass encasing the submerged metal structural beams and columns. They have become an accidental artificial reef. The oil rigs provide growing support for coral and sponges and has become an ecosystem and home for thousands of important fish, marine mammals, and invertebrates.
There are 27 oil rigs off the coast of California that are to be decommissioned by 2030. Decommissioning involves the complete removal of the oil rig from the site. Repurposing the rigs into Environmental Observatories would ensure the protection of the marine life, and would they would become a learning and research destination. Three Laboratories on the rigs would provide a space to conduct research, collaboration, and the exchange of knowledge.
Platforms Ellen and Elly are eight miles from Long Beach California, which is a 45 minute boat ride from port. The platforms are in the Beta drilling field, owned by Shell. Ellen and Elly have a very unique relationship because they are connected by a 200 foot bridge. Ellen is the drill platform and Elly is the power plant for Ellen. Decommissioning Date: 2015-2020 Costs for Decommissioning between 12 million and 18 million separately. Water Depth at 265 feet. Built in 1985.
Ellen and Elly design - Ellen and Elly Environmental Observatory.
3D animation of Ellen and Elly - Animation shows repurposed Ellen and Elly into environmental observatories. The "water elevator" moves transfers passengers from the boats to the buildings. Media: Cinema 4D.