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  • Supplements the existing 35,000 sq. ft. building on the former Naval Reserve Center in New Bedford, MA
  • Includes state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, such as a high bay area and seawater research facility
  • includes space for the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and dive gear program to be accommodated in both buildings
  • Consolidates the marine science activities of the university into a comprehensive facility comprised of approximately 150 students, faculty, and staff
  • Satisfies the LEED Silver rating requirements of Massachusetts Executive Order 484, and shall meet the intentions of UMass Dartmouth’s Climate Action Plan
  • Opens Fall of 2017

Project goals

  • Integrate teaching and research program at New Bedford facilities
  • Accommodate growth of research programs and faculty
  • Replace and expand existing seawater research facility
  • Accommodate classroom teaching and public outreach
  • Accommodate Massachusetts DMF offices and equipment storage program and enhance synergies between DMF and School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) programs
  • Accomplish SMAST1 facility priority renovations

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Aerial view of the new 64,115 sq. ft. facility, which will be situated near the existing 35,000 sq. ft building 

The front entrance atrium's glass-based designs will allow natural light to flow through the entire building

High-performance computational facility

Expanded seawater research facility, which contains holding tank areas, prep lab space, and a specialized flume tank Flexible wet and dry research labs Classrooms will feature state-of-the-art technology
Commons area and display space Breakout space in commons area Breakout space outside of faculty offices
Offices of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Flexible classroom space Front entrance lobby with display cases

View the floor plans

SMAST floor plan 1: The ground level of the building complex will be home to flexible classrooms, a seawater

lab, wet and dry labs, offices for faculty, and shared offices for graduate and post-doc students. The

spacious lobby will feature research being conducted by scientist, and will be on display from the exterior

of the building, which will prominently feature glass walls. Additionally, the first floor will house a

freezer room, instrument staging fabrication room, a high bay storage area, and demonstration learning lab,

as well a conference room, machine shop, ample space for a dive gear program, as well as DMF Licensing Offices. View full size floor plan (pdf).

SMAST floor plan 2: The mezzanine level will serve as the primary home base for the dean, faculty, graduate

and post-doc students, as well as staff. Additionally, the second floor will include an administrative suite,

computational labs, dry labs, departmental offices and labs, a computer teaching center, work room, computer teaching lab, facilities, a conference room and IT support areas. View full size floor plan (pdf).

SMAST floor plan 3‌: The third tier will serve as home to the Division of Marine Fisheries' offices.

It will also house offices, workstations, and a conference room. View full size floor plan (pdf).