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Images: New Laboratory Opens at WHOI

The Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI) will build and maintain ocean observatories over the next 25 to 30 years to better understand the changing marine environment. The OOI team at WHOI has successfully deployed and tested the first OOI moorings and buoys (photo). (Photo by John Lund, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO) is the ocean observing system off the Massachusetts coast that WHOI has operated for a decade. MVCO sends data via cable to scientists ashore in real time. Biologists Heidi Sosik (top), MVCO chief scientist, and Rob Olson examine an automated underwater microscope they developed that operates at MVCO. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

One group in WHOI's new laboratory builds ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) that detect ocean floor motions from earthquakes and other causes. OBS Engineers will work together in a space designed specifically for them. OBS group head John Collins (left) and geologist Jeff McGuire examine four OBS instruments in orange housings. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Biology researcher Bruce Keafer prepares the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) for deployment off the New England coast. The ESP filters seawater to trap cells, analyzes DNA to identify and count them, and sends the information to scientists ashore. Keafer manages the ESP lab and its move to WHOI's new buildingand will soon deploy several more ESPs, with the goal of providing early warning of harmful "red tide" algae. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Ocean equipment requires cleaning before redeployment. WHOI's new building contains a washing system that filters and retains washwater so it doesn't enter the landscape or groundwater. Here, Jimm Hitt from RGF Environmental Group demonstrates the system to (from left) senior plant mechanic Jayme Baker, facilities mechanic Steve Allsopp, engineers James Dunn, Kris Newhall, and Eric Drange, and facilities supervisor Kevin Thompson. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

WHOI director of construction projects Ernest G. Charette discusses details during a design meeting. To achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Charette said, the design team used an integrated approach to sustainable design and a wide range of strategies. For example, more than 80 percent of construction and demolition waste generated during construction has been diverted from landfills, nearly 33 percent of the lab's total materials cost is from recycled content, and more than 20 percent of the material cost was extracted and manufactured locally (within 500 miles), reducing environmental impacts from transportation (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)