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MEDIA CONTACT: Jan Petri
772-242-2241, petri@hboi.fau.edu

                                                                                   

FAU Re-dedicates Renovated Harbor Branch Building in Memory of Inventor Edwin A. Link

BOCA RATON, FL (March 10, 2011)To cap off a $9.2 million comprehensive renovation of its largest building, Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute held a re-dedication ceremony today for the Edwin A. Link Building, formerly the Link Engineering Laboratory and General Office Building.  Named for the inventor of flight simulation technology who, together with J. Seward Johnson, Sr., formed Harbor Branch after his research interests turned to ocean exploration, the 35-year-old building was virtually gutted and re-engineered to maximize energy efficiency and flexibility. The renovations were designed to U.S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold level standards.  The University will be pursing Gold LEED certification for the facility through the Green Building Certification Institute and anticipate a response to the certification within a year.

“This renovation is a virtual reinvention of a facility that has always been about innovation,” said Margaret Leinen, Ph.D, executive director of FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. “The building that bears the Edwin A. Link name in many ways is the heart of Harbor Branch, and to have it remade into this outstanding facility is emblematic of the value that FAU places on marine science and engineering. Ed was a true pioneer, and this investment recognizes and builds on his singular legacy.”

The project, which began in February 2010 and lasted approximately 12 months, was funded by a $44.6 million PECO (public education capital outlays) appropriation provided by the State when Harbor Branch became part of FAU. Another major product of the funds is a new, 40,000 sq. ft. marine science laboratory building under construction adjacent to the Edwin A. Link Building that will help define a new center of activity at Harbor Branch.

The building is home to Harbor Branch ocean engineers and administration, and includes the library, engineering labs, meeting rooms, study and workstations, multipurpose rooms, and a food service venue.

FAU facility construction policy requires that new construction and major renovation projects be engineered to be LEED-compliant at the silver level at minimum. Edwin A. Link Building elements intended to minimize resource consumption include water-efficient fixtures, high-efficiency HVAC systems, lighting control and tinted windows. Furthermore, 80 percent of all demolition material was recycles, 20 percent of the value of new material is of recycled content, 20 percent of the value of new material is regionally sourced within 500 miles of the building, and 50 percent of the value of wood-based products is from sustainably harvested sources.

Song & Associates was the architectural firm that redesigned the building.  Klewin Construction served as the contractor for the project.

For more information, contact Jan Petri, 772 242 2241 or petri@hboi.fau.edu.


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About Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation and education related to the oceans.  Harbor Branch was founded in 1971 as a private non-profit organization. In December 2007, Harbor Branch joined Florida Atlantic University. The institute specializes in ocean engineering, at-sea operations, drug discovery and biotechnology from the oceans, coastal ecology and conservation, marine mammal research and conservation, aquaculture, and marine education. For more information, visit www.hboi.fau.edu .

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science . FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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