New Field Stations To Enhance Studies

The two long awaited Field Stations at Dixie Plantation are now open and ready to accommodate faculty and students beginning Fall 2015.

These two field research laboratories serve biology, geology, ecology, environmental studies, and archaeology research as well as providing education opportunities for all other sciences. A commitment to the International Living Building Challenge Recognition Program, Field Stations will implement innovative renewable energy and water technologies to achieve net zero energy consumption and extremely low potable water use.

Innovations include:

  • Passive cooling design with solar chimney and operable windows turned to prevailing breeze
  • Daylight design to provide diffused, filtered sunlight to all spaces without increasing heat gain
  • Resilient design with barn doors serving as retractable hurricane shutters
  • Rainwater catchment with cistern sized to provide non-potable fresh water
  • Geothermal HVAC to provide quiet, renewable energy that minimizes impact to wildlife
  • Architecturally integrated solar photovoltaic array to offset energy demand for current Dixie Plantation facilities

This project was made possible by support from a generous grant from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation

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Faculty interested in reserving Field Stations should contact Lisa Calvert, 843.953.6566 or by email.

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