Designed by RR|A, the Center integrates teaching, research, and marine animal rehabilitation in one building and provides experiential education for students and the community.
The facility contains two teaching seawater laboratories and a third lab dedicated to aquaculture and marine biology research. The marine mammal rehabilitation clinic has pools for treating and studying marine animals, as well as diagnostic and medical care labs. This rehabilitation center is part of a network of centers authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Marine Science Education Center set a new standard for buildings of this type, and after ten years, it continues to inspire students and faculty. From the site, to the building shell, to the equipment used in the Center, RR|A designed the Center to limit the impact on the land and the ocean. Located at the mouth of the Saco River, looking out over waters entering the Gulf of Maine, the facility provides a window to the sea.
Below is a video by UNE about the Marine Science Center building and programs.