Marine Mammal Rescue Center
The Marine Mammal Rescue Center is a Pro-Bono new construction at Dockweiler State Beach. The current project concept uses the hull of the once top secret DOD project known as the Sea Shadow. Built as a test bed for sea-going stealth technology the ship never saw active service and was retired into the Suisun Bay Ghost fleet near Oakland, California. The finished facility will quadruple Los Angeles County's capacity to care for injured marine mammals. Solar arrays will provide power to augment natural lighting. Solar evacuated tube arrays will provide heating for fresh water use and radiant flooring.
The Sea Shadow super structure would become the roof and upper level of the MMRC. The lower level floor would be constructed underneath 18ft ceilings created by the catamaran underbody of the Sea Shadow.
Extensive work was done to attempt to procure the Sea Shadow from the US Navy and other US Government agencies to save it from its fate as scrap. Unfortunately due to the top secret materials and design of the vessel. The only available course for the Sea Shadow at the time of our project was complete disassembly, and conversion into an building was not viable. The MMRC project is still on going.