Mystic Aquarium Kicks off Construction Project with Groundbreaking Ceremony this Morning
Facility to Enhance Aquarium’s Research and Conservation Efforts
Mystic, Conn. (December 22, 2015): Mystic Aquarium broke ground this morning on Phase I of a construction project that will culminate in the new state-of-the-art Ocean Conservation and Research Center which aims to expand the Aquarium’s scientific focus on aquatic animal health and behavior. The ceremony, which took place at the future location of the center on the east side of the campus, included remarks by Dr. George M. Milne, Jr., Chairman of the Board; Dr. Stephen M. Coan, President and CEO; Katie Cubina, Senior Vice President, Mission Programs; Dr. Tracy Romano, Chief Scientist and Vice President of Research and Congressman Joseph Courtney (CT-2).
Mystic Aquarium’s Ocean Conservation and Research Center project has two principal components: (1) renovation of the existing Aquatic Animal Study Center and (2) construction of a new building that will physically attach to the Aquatic Animal Study Center.
The nearly 9,000 square foot facility will house Mystic Aquarium’s animal care, water quality and research operations, all of which are integral to promoting optimal marine animal care and health practices in both aquarium and zoo settings and in natural habitats.
The ceremonial groundbreaking included (shovel image -l to r) Susette Tibus: Vice Chair, Board of Trustees;
Milne; John Holstein: Trustee; Marsha Sterling: Chair, The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, major benefactor of the Ocean Conservation and Research Center; Coan; Congressman Courtney; Richard Katz, MD: Trustee; Jack Heflin: Trustee; and Dan Verdier: Trustee Emeritus.
The new center will be a key component as Mystic Aquarium strengthens its mission programs – conservation, education, exhibits and research – under an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative model entitled “One Ocean, One Mission.”