Elevated above the marshlands, the new DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge responds to the dynamics of the surrounding natural systems—tidal river and wetlands—as well as infrastructural site elements: an adjacent railway, high voltage power lines, and multiple utility rights of way.

Traversing the entrance bridge, visitors experience the tenuous connection between man and nature. Seen from afar, the building acts as a beacon marking the terminus of the city’s riverwalk. From within, windows on the north façade frame views to the city, while views to the south open out to the natural setting.

2010 AIA Baltimore Grand Design Award Winner

2010 AIA Maryland Merit Award Winner

2010 AIA Delaware Honor Award Winner

2010 DE IFMA Green Building Award 

"The success of this project is due, in large part, to the vision of Alan Reed, who envisioned the building sitting here at the edge of the wildlife refuge..." – Mike Purzycki, Executive Director, Riverfront Development Corporation


  • Indoor and outdoor exhibits, multipurpose room, ecology classroom, offices
  • Multi-level viewing tower and terraces, boardwalk
  • Sustainable design features
  • Design Architect: GWWO, Inc./Architects; Managing Firm: Becker Morgan Group