The Ore Dock BotEco Center

Our goal is to create a special place on Marquette's waterfront that achieves a sustainable balance of educational, recreational and commercial uses.

1) Ecological Education and Research Facilities
2) Year-round Indoor Botanical Gardens
3) Historical Preservation and Education
4) Community Spaces

All redevelopment options will

  • Preserve, stabilize, rehabilitate and enhance existing structure
  • Maximize and intensify natural daylight within structure
  • Aspire for LEED certification
  • Utilize dock for ecology education/research, botanical, and ore dock history education functions
  • Provide public access and civic amenity
  • Apply phased development

Redevelopment Details

Preserve, stabilize, rehabilitate and enhance existing structure

  • Survey structure, repair spalling, secure wood pilings
  • Insert lightweight platforms into central dock void to provide access
  • Incorporate existing structural and architectural members, e.g. ore chutes and ore pockets

 

Maximize and intensify natural daylight within structure

  • Model sunlight to optimize garden placement
  • Redirect sunlight further into existing dock superstructure

 

Aspire for LEED certification

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design: rating system to verify buildings are designed and built for energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and CO2 emissions reduction
  • Apply energy saving, lightweight and sustainable construction techniques
  • Practice energy saving operations and maintenance techniques

 

Utilize dock for ecology education/research, botanical, and ore dock history education functions

  • Construct within the existing structure conference rooms, classrooms, labs, and interactive displays to host research, workshops, conferences, and education festivals

 

Provide public access and civic amenity

  • Construct gathering spaces, ballroom, conference rooms, patios, boardwalks and boat slips for civic, community, and private events
  • Offer botanical walks along upper most level of dock in atrium added to top of dock and/or botanical walk at lake level in atrium added to south side of dock

 

Apply phased development

  • Introduce a series of smaller, intricate developments into dock structure – activating dock over time
  • Utilize momentum of development to inform public of dock development

Redevelopment Options (so far…)

Option 1 – Atrium along south side of existing structure:

New atrium structure provides additional space for gardens

Use new structure as catalyst for existing dock development

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Option 2 – Atrium along top of existing structure:

New atrium structure provides additional space for gardens

Use existing dock as foundation for new construction

Maximizes views to city and harbor

C:UsersloberdorDocuments2nd Option OREDOCK.pdf

Option 3 –

Combination of Options 1 and 2 or

Other options proposed via public input, community involvement, private sector engagement, and/or institutional interface