Systems design for an off-grid island community
CLIENT | Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
After signing a 40 year lease to occupy Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, the Hurricane Island Foundation Center for Science and Leadership needed a plan for the future. The multi-phase plan would serve as a road map for their “off-the-grid” infrastructure developments to support an education program serving 50-60 students on a seasonal basis based on renewable energy, recycling and the use of existing and historical resources.
Contracted to produce a master plan for key infrastructure requirements and investments necessary to support programs, we convened a six-person Master Planning Team (MPT) and subcontracted with the architectural design and construction company, GO-Logic of Belfast, Maine, which specializes in integrating energy efficient building into residential and community design. GO-Logic has helped the MPT to analyze existing building conditions, helped evaluate its energy system needs, with input from Pika Energy and advised the MPT on potential development options and costs.
The Master Plan document has been assembled to include the history of Hurricane Island, existing resources and infrastructure, and future plans to extend capacity. The file has been hence forth been used to make recommended upgrades as well as serving as reference to make informed decisions for future expansion of resources.
maine. | November 2015
By: Philip Conkling
Photography: Sean Thomas
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