The approach to the design of the facility is to accomplish the program and needs by using a number of smaller scale outbuildings of minimal footprint, thereby limiting the facilities environmental and hydrologic impact. These structures are a combination of slatted, open-air storage buildings for the rowing shells, and a larger, quonset-like structure for athlete training and support.
Conceptually, the forms are driven by nature and the structures found in the sport itself. The diagram of the shell storage buildings and their support 'legs' is derived from the "gerridae", or water striders, whose body form and mechanics closely resemble that of the double-scull rowing shell. The training facility utilizes forms of traditional boat hulls in both structural design and shape. The siting of the structures allows for minimal disturbance of the shoreline, while immersing boathouse athletes and visitors in the riverside habitat and the rowing experience.