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Final designs unveiled for Carteret County Coastal Protection and Restoration Center

[Courtesy N.C. Coastal Federation]

The North Carolina Coastal Federation unveils the final architectural designs for the new Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration in Carteret County this Friday.

This new Coastal Center will include a 4,500 square foot Education and Events Center, a classroom for student groups, a Resource Center that will house the Coastal Federation, and a 10-acre campus including meeting rooms. outdoor classroom, nature trails and coastal experiences.

Located on the western end of Carteret County, between Cedar Point and Morehead City, the center will provide meeting space and learning experiences for local residents, visitors, businesses and community groups.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is a nonprofit organization working to protect and restore North Carolina’s coastal habitats and water quality. The Federation celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. “We are delighted to celebrate 40 years of protecting and restoring the coast, while laying a solid foundation for the next 40 years with this new center,” said Sarah King, Director of Development.

The Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration was designed by architect Chip Hemingway of Bowman, Murray, Hemingway Architects in Wilmington. “The Coastal Federation has an incredibly strong connection to both our coastal environment and our coastal communities,” Hemingway said. “It is important that the campus and buildings reflect this mission by embracing and showcasing the natural beauty of the site.”

The Center for Coastal Protection and Restoration will also reflect the Federation’s commitment to protecting coastal habitat and water quality and will feature many sustainable development features. The site includes several conservation areas, where wetlands and native plants will be protected, as well as a living shoreline, a cost-effective approach to shoreline stabilization that also provides coastal habitat and protects water quality.

The site will also showcase techniques to eliminate stormwater runoff and protect water quality, such as innovative pavement alternatives, rain gardens, and more. The buildings are oriented to catch the prevailing summer winds, while the deep porches will provide gathering space and shade from the summer sun.

“This center provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase coastal resilience strategies,” said Federation Director Todd Miller. “This includes everything from living shorelines to nature-based stormwater management strategies to sustainable building practices.”

The Federation raised more than $5 million through a fundraising campaign for the new center, which has a total price tag of $6.5 million. The Federation aims to inaugurate the new Center in 2023.

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