The Ore Dock BotEco Center

Our goal is to create a special place on Marquette's waterfront that achieves a sustainable balance of educational, recreational and commercial uses.

1) Ecological Education and Research Facilities
2) Year-round Indoor Botanical Gardens
3) Historical Preservation and Education
4) Community Spaces

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The Plan

In Cooperation with Public Institutions

Northern Michigan University

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Applicable Academic Disciplines

Health Sciences

Biology and chemistry


Limnology and freshwater science

Engineering technology

Deep ecology

Landscape architecture

Political science

Marketing and business

Hospitality management

Music and Performing Arts

Next Steps

Compile community input

Verify ownership and regulations

Garner input and intent from municipality

Research historic and contemporary conditions

Generate three dimensional data for illumination and structural analysis

Create project schedule

Interview staff / boards of existing botanical / ecological centers

Special Thanks to Studio RAD for providing our images and presentation graphics! 

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