New sciences building Tidal Hall is now open
April 16, 2019
The doors of Tidal Hall were officially opened after University President Dr. Kelly Quintanilla cut the ribbon on Friday, April 12.
The project first started over four years ago, and the building is now ready to be put to use starting this summer. Overall, the building has 65,000 usable square feet.
“Here at the Island University,” said Quintanilla during the grand opening, “student success means providing students with every resource, every opportunity and every tool possible to excel. …”.
The building has state-of-the-art facilities designed to support research and teaching in environmental ecology, biomedical sciences, genetics, marine genomics, fishery and marine microbiology.
“It is amazing that we were able to get this building completed on time,” said Quintanilla, “as we did have a few setbacks including a category 4 hurricane, but we were able to continue on in the process.”
The building cost over $60 million to complete and boasts three stories, housing 34 research labs and 9 teaching labs. In addition to the labs, there will be over 100 additional office spaces for faculty and staff.
“Now Tidal Hall is ready to serve in the success of Islander students by providing our nationally, and in many cases internationally,” said Quintanilla, “recognized life sciences programs with laboratories and much needed office space, not only to educate our students, but to expand the work that we are doing.”
Students will begin to have classes in the Tidal Hall Life Science Research Building this upcoming summer and fall semesters.