Planned Marine Research Institute Building

Our goal is to build a new Marine Research Institute Building and the Nancy Condron Family Sea Turtle Research Center and Hospital that brings high-technology to the shores of UF Whitney Laboratory’s valuable environmental location.

Expanding our Facilities to Meet Research and Conservation Demands

  • 38,000 Gross Square Feet and 25,000+ Usable Square Feet
  • Project Budget: $28M
    $14.5M Raised, $14M Public Private Partnership
  • Nancy Condron Family Sea Turtle Research Center and Hospital
  • Marine Research and Conservation Discovery Entry
  • Scientific Education Pathway and Outdoor Classroom

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Building Phases

The proposed technologically advanced teaching and research facility is being planned in a phased approach.

PHASE I ($12M)

To be implemented FY 2021  +-14K sq ft

With current commitments, complete construction on:

  • Nancy Condron Family Sea Turtle Research Center and Hospital
  • Marine Science Discovery Lobby
  • West Wing Research Facilities 2 Story

PHASE II ($14M-$16M)

To be implemented FY 2022-23   +- 25K sq ft

  • Build out of two-story East Research Wing

Multidisciplinary Research Laboratories

Twelve State-of-the-Art Laboratories Including:
  • Expanded STEM Career Training Capacity (PhD and Undergraduate)
  • Regenerative Medicine and Neuroscience Hub
  • Shared Graduate Student Innovation/Maker Suite
  • Sensory Biology Laboratory Hub
  • High Performance Multi Scale Flow Visualization Lab
  • Mesocosm and Coastal Resiliency Collaboration with GTM Research Reserve

Naming Opportunities

Naming Opportunities

MARINE RESEARCH & CONSERVATION DISCOVERY LOBBY

Educational entryway, impactful displays of current Whitney research, sea turtle education and conservation displays for public education

SENSORY BIOLOGY HUB

Collaborative multidisciplinary research hub for faculty focused on the senses and biomechanics of movement, including advanced optical imaging unit suite and flow tank visualization areas

NEUROSCIENCE/MARINE GENOMICS HUB

Using marine genomics and modern neuroscience research aims, this hub combines expert faculty research labs to study neural pathways and development

NATURAL PRODUCTS CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

Cutting edge identification of new compounds for medicine from terrestrial and marine environments, translational research with linkage to pharmaceutical development

SEA TURTLE CARE EXAMINATION AND OPERATING ROOM

Space for care of sick and injured sea turtles, including examination table, x-ray connection and surgical suite, including online medical charting area, pharmaceutical storage and turtle care supplies

SEA TURTLE TANK ROOM AND DECK 

Sea water tank homes for sea turtle patients with some public access and life support and heating systems to support 6-8 tanks educational interface with patient stories

SEA TURTLE STUDENTS, STAFF & VOLUNTEER CORE

Office space and lockers for students, staff and volunteers helping sea turtles survive, storage for outreach materials and displays

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

Exterior Matanzas basin courtyard for educational gatherings, instruction and research site collaboration

WHITNEY FISH POND 2.0

Reboot of the iconic Whitney fish pond with educational displays and seating

Your Partnership

Your support is graciously requested to help us create and build the Marine Research Institute Building. We look forward to ways we can join together to build the training, research and conservation institute of the future.

JESSICA LONG
Senior Director of Advancement
(904) 201-8401