AMUNDSEN-SCOTT SOUTH POLE STATION
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a premier sustainable
design project designed by the Ferraro Choi A/E team from 1992-99.
An integrated engineering and architectural approach to programming
and design over a seven-year period contributed to making this project
a unique international model for environmentally respectful design.
Due to the project's unique location and its mission of providing
an environmentally benign human presence on the pristine polar plateau,
sustainable design was paramount in every design decision.
Sustainable Design Strategies:
Refer also to our Amundsen-Scott South
Pole Station CASE STUDY.
- All heating is provided by jacket cooling and exhaust gas heat
exchangers at the primary diesel power plant.
- Alternative energy systems use wind and solar power providing
up to 14% of the station's power requirements.
- Good indoor air quality is ensured by specification of low VOC
(volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, caulking compounds,
- All water is derived from the surrounding ice field and strictly
- Existing buildings were dismantled and reconstructed to reduce
retrograde and waste generation.
- New buildings are sited to dramatically reduce snow plowing, which
had accounted for a major portion of the station's fuel usage.
- All building systems were designed to reduce waste in the shipping
and construction process.
- All waste materials are processed and returned to the continental
U.S for disposal.
- To double its useful life, the building can be raised above
the snow surface as required with a unique jackable column system.
- Specifications preclude environmental destructive materials
as described by the Antarctic Treaty.
Return to SUSTAINABLE
ARCHITECTURE or PROJECT
For more information, please visit:
FERRARO CHOI AND ASSOCIATES
Sustainable Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Research
733 BISHOP STREET, SUITE 2620
HONOLULU, HI 96813-4016
TEL: (808) 533-8880
FAX: (808) 599-3769
LAST UPDATED: 04.15.2008