When Texas A&M University at Galveston reconstructed its campus marina on Pelican Island, valuable waterfront event space was lost. The university hired Vaughn to construct a new event pavilion on the south waterfront side of the Ocean and Coastal Studies Building and Sea Life Center that Vaughn built previously.
This new building, a single-story, enclosed metal-structure pavilion, is a true showcase of the university, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. The multipurpose room accommodates 150 people in banquet seating and nearly 275 people in theater seating. The most unique feature of the building is its indoor/outdoor capability. Much of the glass exterior windows are designed to fold, extending the indoor space outdoors to an open-air deck that can accommodate an additional 50 - 100 seats, depending on event setup. In addition, the project included an outdoor amphitheater that further extends the space of the pavilion, or also can be used as a separate venue for outdoor events.
Because of its waterfront location, components of the project were designed to the Miami-Dade County’s Certificate of Competency standards so the facility could withstand hurricane force winds and rains. Key exterior components of this project including the glass curtain wall system, all the windows, exterior light fixtures, and even the canopy for the outdoor amphitheater, are specifically engineered to withstand high winds.