New research building set to break ground in Oct. | Maritime

Greater Wilmington Business Journal
October 15 - 29, 2010 | Page 11
| Maritime |
New research building set
to break ground in Oct.
This month UNCW will break
ground on the new Marine Biotechnology in North Carolina research and
development building that will open
its doors for private biotechnology
company tenants.
The building will be 69,000 square
feet and will contain a variety of
configurations, including five 2,400square-foot labs with four offices,
two 2,400-square-foot labs that can
be subdivided into two 1,200-squarefoot spaces, one 1,800-square-foot lab
and three 1,200-square-foot labs, said
Steve Fontana, senior technology development officer for UNCW’s Center
for Marine Science and MARBIONC.
“Each of the labs will have modular,
movable benches in the center of the
lab for the larger labs, each with dropdown utilities. This will allow for easy
reconfiguration as the need arises,”
Fontana wrote in an email.
Construction of the $30 million
MARBIONC building is funded
in part by federal stimulus dollars.
It received a $15 million matching
grant from the National Institute of
Standards and Technology.
As of press time, the university
plans to break ground on the facility
off Masonboro Loop Road on Oct. 22.