Our facilities, build upon the foundations of sustainable design concepts, were created to have minimal impact on the environment, while also fostering innovation and act as educational tools that contribute to national dialogue and policy-making efforts in establishing more sustainable development in The Bahamas and other coastal communities around the world.
Globally, buildings create over 40 percent of all of the solid waste generated annually and consume 60 percent of all of the world’s primary energy. Beyond this, many of these buildings are uncomfortable, unattractive, and aren’t designed for durability or longevity. At the Cape Eleuthera Institute, we believe that, if we incorporate intelligence and beauty into our buildings, we are building an aesthetic and intellectual endowment that will yield well into the future.
Our spaces are designed to reflect our values and inspire creative thinking, while reducing the immediate and long0term impacts on the surrounding ecology. In partnership with the Center for Sustainable Development, CEI has become an example for intelligent, green design in island nations. Our 31.2 kilowatt building-integrated photovoltaic solar array is a component of the first grid-connected renewable energy system in the history of The Bahamas, which produces more than 50,000 kWh each year.
The wet lab is located a short distance from the Cape Eleuthera Institute offices and features a flow through seawater system (with backup redundancy) as well as a recirculating freshwater system. All tanks have access to the wet lab air system for oxygenation. We currently have 16 small tanks (1.75 m x 0.75 m), 7 large tanks (3.75 m x 1.20 m) and 2 raceway tanks (3 m) available for rental by the day, week or month. Custom tank and plumbing needs can be accommodated with sufficient advance notice.
The dry laboratories are located adjacent to our wet lab and are equipped with benches, microscopes, fresh water, refrigerators, and freezers. The dry lab has four separate rooms (7.3 m x 4.3 m) available for rent by the day, week or month.
The Cape Eleuthera Institute campus is situated on the leeward coastline of Cape Eleuthera. Our location is ideal for research in the Exam Sound, nearby mangrove creeks, coastal flats, and other unique ecosystems. Our waterfront facilities allow us to access these areas by boat and by scuba.
For information about equipment and boat rental, finding a Dive Master, and more, visit our Visitor Information page.
Maintaining our commitment to design beautiful, comfortable spaces that have little impact on their surroundings and foster creativity and innovation, our campus living areas are built using materials that are Green Certified or natural to The Bahamas.
For group and individual rates, please visit our Visitor Information page.
We have four dormitories spread across campus. Two of these dorms are located at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, and each can accommodate 16 people. Each dorm is divided into two separate rooms, containing eight beds each, with an adjoining common bathroom. The other two dormitories are located on The Island School’s campus and can accommodate 24 people each. These dorms are divided into two wings, which can hold a maximum of 12 beds and have separate bathrooms. The wings are separated by a common room with couches. These larger dorms house Island School students and are only available mid-December through February.
Hallig House is the hallmark of the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s campus, showcasing the capacity of reducing our impact on the environment and living more responsibly in a place. The building was designed as an educational model for island nations, as it creates dialogue about how built spaces can reflect our values about community and the environment, while also inspiring creative thinking. Led by Warren Wagner of W3 Architects and designed by a team of conservation systems specialists, the building features innovative elements, which solve specific regional issues.
The building’s structure and shape, construction materials, and renewable energy and waste management systems all demonstrate how local and national development can maximize locally available resources while minimizing impact on local environments. The insulation is made from recycled denim, the kitchen countertops from recycled glass bottles, and the decking is a product of post-consumer plastics and used tires. Other design features include 14 photovoltaic panels that power the building, two passive solar hot water heaters, and rainwater catchment systems for running water needs.
This LEED-certified building is our newest addition to campus.
The graduate hall is three stories tall with an observation tower, kitchen, faculty proctor apartment and space for up to 6 beds.The building was a generous gift from the Anderson and Cabbot families and was primarily built with local materials.