The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) exists to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries. With the organization’s substantial growth and success, its need for expansion became apparent. GBF purchased 30 acres with bay frontage in Kemah, Texas, and selected Kirksey to design a master plan to include the construction of a new headquarters facility. Given GBF’s mission and the site’s waterfront location, priority was placed on incorporating the leading principles of sustainability and resilient design to ensure the facilities are prepared for future storm events and have the capability to survive them with minimal impacts to the facility, its operation, and the surrounding ecosystem. As a result, the GBF headquarters will serve as a model for responsible coastal development.
The master plan’s priorities include the design of a “green” building to showcase GBF’s mission and programs, a more efficient space to support staff collaboration and communication, direct water access for on-the-water education activities and demonstrations, offices for 30+ employees, a classroom, laboratory and large meeting room for GBF and the community.