FAU and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution dedicated the new Marine Science Building located at Harbor Branch on Nov. 13, with more than 400 dignitaries and guests attending. The Florida Atlantic University/Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Marine Science Building is the result of visionary academic, community and legislative leadership. An innovative, decade-long partnership between FAU and Harbor Branch aimed at creating exceptional marine education and research has resulted in an extraordinary combination of location, scientific talent and institutional capabilities.
“It is with great anticipation and much excitement that we dedicate this new building, which will house internationally recognized ocean research programs,” said President Brogan (above). “FAU and Harbor Branch faculty and students will perform innovative research that will certainly have a great impact on the communities they serve.”
The state-of-the-art facility, which received $11 million in state appropriations, includes laboratories and supporting infrastructure to be used primarily in the area of biology, with special emphasis on marine science. The 40,000-square-foot, joint-use facility will provide students with undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities, with classes offered in marine biology, marine science, marine biotechnology, natural resources and environmental education. The two-story facility includes 16 faculty offices, eight graduate offices accommodating up to five students per office and 15 post-graduate offices.
Tours (at right) of the facility were conducted after the dedication, with visitors meeting and speaking with faculty and scientists. Informational posters and marine research charts were displayed throughout the various laboratories, opening dialogue between visitors, students and faculty. A submersible sub used for underwater exploration was on display in one of the laboratories, drawing the attention of many on the tour. In the videoconferencing room, a video showed scenes from the Nov. 22, 2004, groundbreaking ceremony. Visitors and guests were able to see first-hand the laboratories, specialized research equipment and training facilities available to students.
FAU and Harbor Branch have developed a unique partnership through which FAU students may obtain year-round educational opportunities in marine science with access to the world-class resources of the Harbor Branch campus.
“The collaboration between FAU and Harbor Branch has been an integral part of creating a research and education foundation for our region," said State Senator Ken Pruitt. “This facility represents the vision of the 'Research Coast,' and I look forward to the future of their thriving partnership.”