Client: Resorts International Holdings
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Size: 143 Acres
Program: Concert Venue, Museum, Parks, Hotel, Marina, Retail, Esplanade
Cost: N/A
Status: Master Plan completed
Link to web content: Wikipedia
Key Roles: Anthony Fieldman, Design Principal
Perkins+Will, Architects of Record

A historic municipal airfield, Bader Field sits at a crucial Atlantic City node, surrounded by water and bounded by the AC Expressway on one side and the Boardwalk Zone on the other. Today, the 143-acre site sits fallow, waiting to be developed. Our proposal for Ocean’s Edge imagines a revitalized Atlantic City that returns to its roots as America’s premier waterfront destination, by diversifying AC’s tourist offering to include year-round water-based activities that connect visitors to what made Atlantic City special. 

Connected by - and often subsumed into - a 65-acre public park, a broad collection of water-based activities are brought to one location, with the express desire to connect people to this vital resource, and enhance both their enjoyment and their appreciation of it: The Aquarium at Ocean’s Edge focuses on NJ-based marine life, and physically stitches land and open water, the latter becoming a live part of the exhibition. The Science Museum includes a Marine Biology Institute that runs education programs aimed at enhancing sensitivity toward regional marine ecology. The National Swim Center Corp. - an established national swim program that aims to raise interest in this sport throughout the country - encourages water-centered activities and health. The Edge Water Park, a sheltered boat marina and The Shell - a concert ‘island’ literally sitting in a man-made, naturally tidal lagoon - further enhance the notion that water is central to all activities in this new hub.