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Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) – McMurdo

Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) – McMurdo

Present day McMurdo Station hosts a wide variety
of scientific activities and, compared to its earlier history, these activities have
spread out over the continent, allowing scientists to conduct critical research in areas of Antarctica
that were previously inaccessible. As such, McMurdo serves as a critical logistics
hub that supports multiple field sites such as the South Pole, near- and deep-field camps,
helicopter supported camps, as well as overland traverse operations. As science and the support necessary to sustain
it increased in sophistication and scale, so did the physical footprint of McMurdo station
to eventually encompass the 164-acre site that exists today. Through the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization
for Science, or AIMS program, proposed improvements to McMurdo Station will consolidate the 104
existing buildings to just 6 primary structures, significantly reducing the station’s footprint. Doing so will greatly decrease energy demands
for heating, lighting, and water production, significantly reducing overall fuel consumption. These changes will create safer and more efficient
working conditions. The efficiencies will prevent the escalation
of operations and maintenance costs that the aging infrastructure currently requires. AIMS is designed to ensure the long-term sustainability
of the U.S. Antarctic Program. The entry courtyard, flanked by the existing
Crary Lab and the new Field Science Support Facility, welcomes arriving personnel to the
heart of the consolidated station. The modern and deliberate architectural features
take into account the demands of the tough operating environment while inspiring respect
for the world leading stature of U.S. Antarctic research. Guided by extensive snow modeling studies
during the design process, building placement and geometry will result in minimal snow drifting
and so reduced snow management efforts and costs. The proximity of work centers will streamline
the process of handling cargo and warehousing. Materials will be stored adjacent to the scientists
and support staff who need them, directly improving their productivity. The new lecture hall will facilitate sharing
of scientific findings, in-briefings and engagement among staff, scientists and visitors. It will promote more efficient formal and
informal information exchange. It is a multi-functional space that capitalizes
on its central location and encourages collaboration, with views of the Royal Society Range mountains
as an incomparable scenic backdrop. The new dining hall will provide another shared
space that will cultivate a sense of community and will enhance communication and well-being
within the station. To further enhance integration of organizational
matters and to save energy, a single centralized administration suite will replace six existing
buildings on the site. The Field Science Support Facility is the
nerve center for scientists preparing to go into the field and critical to research conducted
in Antarctica. Here, designated spaces for testing and calibrating
equipment, storing materials, and staging and checking inventory are all provided in
close proximity. Such arrangements will fulfill the principal
objective to strengthen workflow and efficiency. Investing in these improvements is investing
in NSF’s ability to effectively and efficiently support the nation’s scientific research
in parts of the planet that are among the most remote and challenging. The new McMurdo Station will keep the U.S.
at the forefront of science and discovery in Antarctica. For more information please visit The United States Antarctic Program, advancing
polar science in the 21st century and beyond.

21 comments on “Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) – McMurdo

  1. This is very impressive and I hope it comes about.  However, in view the recent Trump Budget (2018-2019) and his administration's lack of interest in science and the environment, perhaps the funding will not be given to NSF.  We'll see.

  2. this is a failed design. i can see the dysfunctionality of it, and i bet some of the scientists do too.

    the problem is that the current world politics is detrimental to everything human, and that includes science.
    we have already dismissed mental health and surrendered common sense to P.C. doctrines. and now science and others follow.

  3. Just read about the Big Dead Place blog on ABC net and that you have censored it at McMurdo, good job team keep those folks safe from rogue shower curtains….. yanks (shakes head).

  4. Faut il rappeler le pognon englouti en Antarctique au nom des sacro- saintes recherches scientifiques , et oui ça pique et pas qu'un peu .
    les trouvailles sont elles a la hauteur des investissement depuis des décennies .
    On les voit jamais faire autre chose que de s'agiter dans des tâches commune sans aucun rapport avec la recherche , entourer de matériel au top de la technologie , en veux tu en voilà.
    Ca ressemble plus a un camp de vacances sous le 60 eme //.
    Des C 17 de l'armée a la pelle et gros porteurs transat a gogo , pour les ravitaillement et aller et retour.., brise glace etc …
    les carottes de l’antarctique et le climat , c'est la perte de densité osseuse en impesanteur , même couplet depuis des décennies , faut vraiment vouloir être un bon client aveugle et heureux de raquer sans savoir pour quoi.
    Et elle est de combien la partie IMMERGEE ???
    Faudrait peut être cesser d'avoir les méninges bloquées dès qu'on prononce les mots recherches scientifiques et être un peu plus curieux .

  5. I see the administrative space is open plan, but there is mounting evidence that open plan spaces reduce both efficiency and morale.

  6. What about your waste water? Will you still be dumping your waste directly to the ocean as you're doing it now at McMurdo, or will you finally start taking your sh!t back to US, instead of polluting the Antarctica's waters?

  7. When will construction begin? Just curious because it's a very interesting design. Less walking outside to other buildings which is a plus.

  8. There are incredibly important minerals in Antarctica that can only be found in one location. Who ever gets to that mineral deposit first will have the monopoly on space travel and technology. The more bases America has down Antarctica gives them a chance of finding it's location before the Chinese and Russians.

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