Located between the northern bank of Offatt's Bayou and south of I-45 across the water from Moody Gardens, the Sea Scout Base Galveston is a future destination and educational experience for Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts from all over the country. This 5-story dormitory and supporting site structures, designed by Shipley Architects (Dallas, TX) and Randall-Porterfield Architects (League City, TX), and the associated marina, serve primarily as a base of operations for groups of Sea Scouts to attend week long summer camps, weekend excursions during the school year, and special scouting events year round.
With a focus on environmental stewardship and opportunities for merit badges, the site landscape provides a wide variety of exciting amenities. Parking for fifty cars and associated driveways are executed with permeable pavers, allowing rainwater to be collected via below-grade storage, and rain collection gardens showcase water purification and natural systems at the main entrance and bus drop. An elegant, open-air chapel structure at the waterfront provides amphitheater seating for 200 scouts, a ceremonial fire pit, and breathtaking views of the coastal environment. A grand open lawn serves as the heart of the exterior amenities, surrounded pathways that lead visitors to a second fire pit, gathering space and sand volleyball court. The waterfront, accessed by vehicle via turf grass paving, includes a large boat ramp, boat lift, wood boardwalks extending out to a variety of boat slips, and the signature ship of the complex, the "Point Glass" sailing vessel.
This significant project is certified LEED Platinum, and promises to be an iconic national scout landmark for decades to come.