Suffolk Wins UM Marine Center Expansion Project
Construction on the Marine Technology and Life Science Seawater Research Building is set to start at the end of the 2011 summer, with an anticipated completion date of spring 2013.
UMâ€™s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science is one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world. Its new facility will be home to the state-of-the-art Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) research facility. SUSTAIN is a wind-wave-storm-surge simulator capable of withstanding hurricane force winds, sea spray and heat.
Designed by Cambridge 7 Associates Architects, the research facility is designed for direct observations of a realistic, but scaled and controlled, environment for the simulation of weather events, including forcing and mixing, and rapid hurricane intensification.
All of these extreme weather conditions will require highly-specialized construction methods and materials, such as durable cold-rolled steel, acrylic panels, heavy duty structural steel and concrete, said David BuShea, Jr., senior project manager at Suffolk Construction.
Mr BuShea, who has been involved with similar complex projects, including the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, adds that some of the most complex aspects of the project are tied to adjusting the size and pressure of the SUSTAIN tank.
When completed, the tank will be about seven feet high and 20 feet wide, suspended about eight feet into the air. The reason it is suspended, Sollogub said, is because researchers plan to generate data using lasers that they will shoot into and around the tank.
Suffolk has a deadline of December 31, 2011, for the Marlins garage. The company is delivering the northwest portion of the garage facilities in early July 2011, with the second north garage in September 2011.
Suffolk won the bid for the garage portion of the project twice. Concerns over the cost of the garage portion of the project prompted the city to ask it to resubmit the bid, with Suffolk still coming in at a lower price and winning it outright. As a result, the city saved millions of dollars on construction.
Rex Kirby, president and GM of Suffolk Southeast, said: â€œThe market had changed dramatically,â€ he said of the companyâ€™s philosophy on the rebid. â€œWe decided we are going to put a price on the thing, go in and tell them that we will commit to it. Thatâ€™s what we did, and that helped us keep the job.â€
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