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Expansion plan

The School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST), in collaboration with the state Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), is expanding with a new facility which will join the existing 35,000 sq. ft. facilty on Clark's Cove in New Bedford. The new facility will bring more than 150 faculty, students, and staff of SMAST and DMF together to engage in education, research and policy related to commercial fishing, coastal preservation, ocean observation, and climate change. Learn more.


Project goals

The SMAST Expansion project is vital to our community of scientists and students who partner with agencies around the region on marine science-related issues. The new world-class facility will support various goals, including the integration of teaching and research programs at the New Bedford facilities, growth of cutting-edge research programs and faculty, and accommodation of classroom teaching and public outreach. Learn more.


Facility details

Located on the former Naval Reserve Center, the new $55 million, 64,115 sq. ft. facility will create a comprehensive marine science campus in historic New Bedford, which is recognized as the nation's top fishing port, and a potential base for offshore wind energy development. The combined economic impact of the coastal and marine economies of Massachusetts has been estimated to exceed $130 billion and directly employs more than 1.3 million people. Learn more.



Est. Construction Cost: $40.3M
Start Date: October 2015
Target Completion Date: Fall 2017
Project Team: BOND (Construction Manager); Ellenzweig (Architect); Hill International (Project Manager)
LEED-certified: LEED Silver rating, shall satisfy requirements of Massachusetts Executive Order 484, and shall meet the intentions of UMass Dartmouth’s Climate Action Plan. Learn more.


Community impact

Thanks to the support of alumni, community members, local agencies and area businesses, SMAST is able to sustain and improve important initiatives and creative collaborations. Support from the local community has been pivotal in making an impact on innovations in teaching, grants, and scholarships for students who come from around the globe to pursue advanced degrees in marine sciences. Learn more.


Donor recognition

As a donor to SMAST, you have the opportunity ‌to help support the School's highest priorities as well as the future of our students, faculty, and community. Your generous donation makes it possible for SMAST to continue working toward the development of an innovative curriculum as well as laying groundwork for expanding our world-class facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Learn more.


Scholarship endowment

Major gifts also make an impact on innovations in teaching, grants, and scholarships for students who come from around the globe to pursue advanced degrees in marine sciences and related fields. To learn more about additional ways to support SMAST through directed giving and/or scholarship endowments, please Contact Us.