The new state-of-the-art $8.3 million marine sciences center at Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences is taking shape at the Stony Brook Southampton campus.
The LEED-certified 15,000-square-foot facility will replace the current research building on Old Fort Pond, which connects SoMAS to Shinnecock Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It is being developed to support the growth of SoMAS' undergraduate marine and environmental science programs, including Semester by the Sea, in which students from all over the world are invited to spend a term living at the Southampton campus and using SoMAS' laboratories and vessels.
The university expects the project will be completed in fall of 2013.
Most of the funding — $6.9 million — was secured in the New York State budget by Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor. The remainder will be paid for by Stony Brook University.
Photos by Jeff Cully of Cully/EEFAS. Words by Brendan J. O'Reilly.
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