University of Miami Research Complex: Functionality & striking design

Chris Komisarjevsky of The Huffington Post speaks to Roni Avissar, Ph.D., dean of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science about the Marine Technology & Life Sciences Research Complex designed by C7A. This new 86,000-square-foot academic building features classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and the SUSTAIN tank, a state-of-the-art wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of producing Category 5 winds

Komisarjevsky credited C7A recognized Cambridge Seven Associates for designing the MTLSS Research Complex “with a focus on not only functionality and striking design but the University of Miami’s goal of a sustainable approach to all its structures from the perspective of both the environment and conservation.”

“This facility makes it possible for us to do research right where the atmosphere and the ocean meet. We are at the leading edge of science,” said Roni Avissar. “With a 38,000 gallon seawater complex, we have the largest three-dimensional, controllable test environment where we can study the impact of high winds and how the air and sea interface in some of the most demanding conditions. For the first time, this makes it possible to bridge theoretical and practical research so that we can better understand and forecast hurricane intensity.”