VIU in the news: 'Seafood University' makes a splash

November 5, 2011 - 9:02pm

By Sandra McCulloch, Victoria Times Colonist

November 6, 2011

Three hundred truckloads of oyster shells line the driveway, while potholes act as natural speed bumps on the way into Deep Bay Marine Field Station, north of Qualicum Beach.

The $8-million field station opens up like a clam overlooking Baynes Sound, where about half the province's commercially produced shellfish is cultivated. The design by Larry McFarland Architects Ltd. targets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation at the platinum level, using rainwater for non-potable purposes and geothermal energy for the building's heat.

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