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Kick-Off for groundbreaking for new Hatfield Marine Sciences Building

New HMSC Marine Sciences Building with local tsunami refuge access.
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Oregon State University will hold a ceremony on Thursday, March 15, to launch the construction of its new Marine Studies Building at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. near the construction site along Marine Science Boulevard, west of the Guin Library at Hatfield. The center is located just southeast of the Highway 101 bridge over Yaquina Bay.

Speakers at the ceremony include OSU President Ed Ray, Oregon Rep. David Gomberg of District 10, OSU Foundation Trustee Caron Ogg, and OSU marine science leaders Bob Cowen and Jack Barth.

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The three-story, 73,000-square-foot facility will be a key component of Oregon State’s Marine Studies Initiative, the university’s commitment to advance its international leadership in marine studies.

The new $50 million-plus Marine Studies Building also will serve as one of the first “vertical evacuation” sites for tsunamis in the United States.

The facility will have a three-story academic and research core connected to a two-story wing that includes community space, an auditorium, an innovation laboratory and other facilities. A ramp will lead from ground level to the top of the auditorium, and from there to the roof of the three-story structure. The roof of the building will be at a height of 47 feet and is designed to serve as an evacuation site for as many as 900 people.

Construction will begin in April, according to OSU project manager Lori Fulton, and the building should be ready for occupancy in late 2019.

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