6 February 14

New marine institute for University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania has opened a $45 million marine institute on Hobart’s Princes Wharf.

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a five star Green Star rated building with a capacity of 290 staff and students across five state of the art laboratories, a 92 seat waterfront lecture theatre and a public exhibition area.

Its environmental credentials feature a unique seawater heat exchange system to regulate the temperature of the building, and include bike facilities to encourage staff and students to commute.

“At IMAS we are pursuing an agenda of global excellence around research and teaching focused on the Antarctic and the southern ocean and aquaculture, fisheries management and marine conservation,” University of Tasmania vice-chancellor Prof Peter Rathjen said.

The completion of the building signals the first time researchers from IMAS, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System have been brought together under one roof.

“Australia’s marine jurisdiction is the third largest in the world and it is of vital national interest to understand dynamic marine and Antacrtic environments and to sustainably manage ocean resources,” IMAS executive director Prof Mike Coffin said.

Hobart architects Terrior worked with Melbourne based John Wardle Architects to design the facility, which was constructed through a joint venture between John Holland and Fairbrother.

The land was contributed by the Tasmanian state government and funded by the federal government.

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