East Carolina University Coastal Studies Institute

The Coastal Studies Institute is a new research and teaching campus within the University of North Carolina system located in Manteo along the Croatan Sound of Roanoke Island. CSI was conceived to fill the research gap in this part of the state, address the area’s pressing issues related to development and pressures on its natural resources, and increase inter-institutional collaboration within the university system. This facility is the product of a partnership between the UNC Office of the President, East Carolina University, Dare County and its citizens, and other universities of the UNC system. Stewart provided structural engineering, construction materials testing, and special inspections.

The 63,190-square-foot, environmentally sustainable campus includes a research building with classrooms, research labs and offices, and a separate marine service facility. The new CSI campus gives scientists a base in eastern North Carolina for conducting research, and it provides a new regional resource facility for coastal education.

The facility is certified LEED Gold® from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainability was a key priority for this project and the design of the facility is based on the interwoven relationship between architecture and landscape. The building is elevated, allowing the natural landscape to continue beneath the building while providing panoramic views of the wetlands and the Croatan Sound. A cost-effective geothermal HVAC system utilizes untreated Dare County well water as the geothermal energy source with minimal impact on the coastal environment.




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