On the UCSD Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) campus, an eco-modern 125,000sf science lab building is nearing completion and will have its grand opening in March 2012. The Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SFSC) building project is also referred to as the La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project because the previous building became unstable on the rocky coast several years ago during heavy storms and had to be closed down. The $56M new building project is being managed and financed by the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and will be home to 250-300 researchers. In concert with a second $26M science lab building across the street that just broke ground (read below), SIO is strongly positioned to remain one of the world’s elite marine institutions and a major federal research outpost.
"As the institution moves deeper into its second century of discovery, we continue to focus on building our ranks of talented people and supplying the state-of-the-art facilities and labs they need to thrive," writes SIO Vice-Chancellor Tony Haymet. "As we continue to attract the best-of-the-best, including six new assistant professor hires last year and more on the horizon, we remain committed to providing the modern space they need to conduct cutting edge research."