This new facility will establish the University of Miami as the only university in the world to house a wind-wave-storm surge simulator, capable of generating Category 5 hurricane force winds.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
Suffolk Construction, the University of Miami and community leaders, gathered to celebrate the milestone Topping Out ceremony for the new Marine Technology Life Sciences Seawater Complex on January 9th. Once completed, the two building complex will provide oceanographers, meteorologists, marine physicists, and engineers the opportunity to use unique, state of the art equipment for their research and studies. An open atrium will connect the two buildings: The Surge-Structure ATMOSPHERE interaction (SUSTAIN) research laboratory and the Marine Life Sciences Center. This new facility will establish the University of Miami as the only university in the world to house a wind-wave-storm surge simulator, capable of generating Category 5 hurricane force winds in a 3D test environment, as well as the National Resource for Aplysia, where scientists will culture and study sea hares.
Taking part in the longstanding tradition, Dago Diaz VP of Educations for Suffolk Construction reflected on the progress of the project to date, expressing his excitement to be able to work with the University of Miami, the city, and the surrounding community.
University of Miami Professor Dr. Schmale personally thanked Suffolk Construction and all of the workers for their diligence and dedication to see this project through to its completion date in late 2013. He also reflected on the early beginnings of the vision for this one of kind building.
Following the speakers, attendees took the opportunity to personally sign the beam, which was then lowered into place with a traditional evergreen tree. More than 100 people attended the ceremony including the Suffolk Construction site team, local subcontractors, researchers and faculty from the University of Miami. The ceremony was followed by a barbeque lunch and a raffle for the workers.
The project which broke ground in June 2012 was designed by the world’s leading aquarium architects. The 81,000 square foot state-of-the-art complex, located on the Virginia Key campus of the University of Miami, will be used to study the relationship between the oceans and human health, including the effects of harmful algal blooms and pharmaceuticals discharged into the oceans. Funded in part through a $15 million U.S. Department of Commerce American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), the project will be completed in late 2013.
About Suffolk Construction
Founded in 1982, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is one of the leading privately held construction management firms in the country. Suffolk provides preconstruction, construction management, design/build and general contracting services, and has a strong reputation for delivering challenging building construction projects in the healthcare, commercial, education, science/technology, and government sectors. Suffolk’s approach, capabilities and offerings are transforming the way clients achieve success in the construction industry. Suffolk has a commitment to sustainable business practices and construction, a focus on state-of-the-art technologies to support key processes, and a comprehensive approach to preconstruction which has resulted in higher quality and lower overall costs for clients. For more information about Suffolk Construction please visit us at http://www.suffolkconstruction.com.
About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit http://www.rsmas.miami.edu.