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University of Miami receives stimulus funds for study of hurricane impacts on structures, ecosystems
Date:7/20/2009

MIAMI Hurricanes are the costliest natural disasters that strike the United States. A better understanding of how structures withstand -- or fail to withstand a hurricane could lead to improved construction standards and practices designed to protect human lives and enhance resiliency.

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that the University of Miami (UM) has been awarded a $15 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These Recovery Act dollars will help to create new jobs in Miami-Dade County through the construction of a new building on the University's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (Rosenstiel School) campus. The facility will allow scientists to study how structures and their surrounding environment are affected during tropical cyclones (hurricanes). The project will be part of an integrated seawater laboratory building that will also house a state-of-the-art Marine Life Science Center. Target for completion of the building is Summer 2012.

"We are thrilled with the prospect of this new research building, which will help us further investigate how hurricanes and other extreme weather phenomena affect our natural and manmade environment," said Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School at the University of Miami. "The facility will allow us to continue to expand our research capabilities and attract the highest caliber of Earth system scientists and engineers from around the world. It will provide a unique environment for scientists and engineers to work side by side on solutions for crucial problems facing humanity."

The structure is designed to be environmentally sustainable and LEED Certified. It will consist of two distinct, but interconnected components: an 8,520 square foot state-of-the-art Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) research facility and a Marine Life Science
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Contact: Barbra Gonzalez
barbgo@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
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