This state-of-the-art facility, located at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Ft. Pierce is a joint use facility for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and Florida Atlantic University students. The project received $11 million in state appropriations and includes laboratories and supporting infrastructure to be used primarily in the areas of biology and chemistry. This 40,000 SF facility is located adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon which is considered to be the “most biologically diverse estuary in North America”. In addition to the proximity of the Indian River Lagoon, the facility was built on land that was home to numerous gopher tortoises which are considered a Species of Special Concern by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Prior to any construction activities being performed, James A. Cummings, Inc. worked with Biologists to relocate the gopher tortoises to adjacent land. Once construction commenced, thee worksite required constant monitoring to assure that the tortoises were not burrowing within the limits of construction. The close proximity to the Indian River Lagoon along with the abundance of a Species of Special Concern created a extremely environmentally sensitive jobsite.