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Joppa Flats Education Center
Newburyport, Massachusetts


As part of Massachusetts Audubon Society's goal to provide environ-mental programs throughout the state, the Society purchased a prominent site along the Merrimack River for an education center and to preserve public access to a world-renowned birding site.


Black River Architects began by developing a spatial program for the building and identifying the opportunities presented by the site. We then developed a design that employed traditional forms within a freer, more contemporary composition. The building contains a birding blind, an outdoor viewing deck overlooking reclaimed wetlands, a divisible classroom, an exhibit space and offices. Renewable and sustainable building materials and construction techniques were used throughout the project.



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