The Council of International Education Exchange (C.I.E.E) Research Station in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, is a marine sciences research facility that hosts semester abroad exchange students from colleges in the United States and Europe. The Bonaire Station is run by resident director Dr. Rita Peady and Instructor Karen Eckrich.
W3 Architects was invited to work with the C.I.E.E. and a special opportunity was created by W3 to involve a select group of Woodbury University architecture students to participate in a semester-long studio for the design of a new administrative and laboratory building. The C.I.E.E. envisions this building development as a model of sustainable design and as an important part of their commitment to an undisturbed local marine environment. Collaborating with W3 Architects, the Woodbury students created a researched, detailed design development presentation. The entire team was invited by the C.I.E.E. to present the project on-island in Bonaire. The team was also invited to make a private presentation of the project to the Island Council and the Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire, who have expressed interest in sustainable development on the island.