Site Launch: Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies

The Amazee Labs Austin team is proud to announce the launch of our Drupal 8 flagship site. While not our first Drupal 8 site, it is our biggest (yet), and the one where we learned the most. It’s been a wonderful eight months and we are so pleased to share this site with you.

HRI logo

Science Driven Solutions

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M Corpus Christi is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.

Due to outdated site architecture, the old website was structured so that the content for Harte’s seven Research Departments was siloed, making it look like the departments operated in isolation. In reality, the opposite is true.

Unique to HRI is the Harte Research Model, which actively encourages open collaboration among departments to holistically solve problems. Science Driven Solutions. It was our mandate to bring this amazing effort to light and to help share the Harte story.


Image collage of Harte Research Institute

Our Challenges

  1. Modernize and simplify the site so that staff, students, and visitors can easily find content
  2. Increase prospective student applications and affiliate (sponsor) interest by beautifully showcasing Harte’s work and activities
  3. Simplify the editor experience from an outdated and complicated Joomla interface


Before/after animation


  • Drupal 8
  • Configuration Management
  • Composer
  • IA & Wireframing
  • Responsive Design
  • Twig
  • Search API, Solr, and Facets
  • Page Manager
  • Taxonomy
  • Paragraphs
  • DropGuard
  • Hosting by

Project Team

  • Stephanie El-Hajj, Project Manager, Amazee Labs
  • Kathryn McClintock, Lead Developer, Amazee Labs
  • Andrew McClintock, Senior Designer, Amazee Labs
  • Brandon Williams, Developer, Amazee Labs
  • Maria Comas, Developer, Amazee Labs
  • Tyler Ward, DevOps Engineer,

Our wonderful client team: Gail Sutton, Kristen Dwyer, Nikki Buskey, and Emily McCauley

But Wait, There's More

I know you’re interested in what’s under the hood on this fantastic site, and you’re in luck. In the coming weeks we are excited to be sharing with you exactly how we made this site a reality. We'll take a closer look at how we setup Search using SOLR in Drupal 8, tackled content modeling, and then polished the heck out of it.

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November 3, 2016

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