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NOAA Laboratory, La Jolla, CA


The La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project

La Jolla Laboratory ReplacementThe construction of the new Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) Laboratory in La Jolla is rapidly progressing with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The laboratory had been in a precarious position on the edge of a 200-foot cliff since the El Niño winter of 1997-98.  The new laboratory will be directly across La Jolla Shores Drive from its predecessor at the northern end of the campus of Scripps institution of Oceanography, U.C. San Diego (UCSD).  The structure will be cut into a hair-pin turn in the road coming down the bluff from the upper campus of UCSD, thus preserving the view of La Jolla Cove.  The facility will contain an experimental aquarium, a large animal necropsy lab, a specimen processing lab, a photogrammetry lab, an ichthyoplankton lab, genetic labs, physiology labs, oceanographic labs, specimen archives, electronic workshops and a large tank for testing new sampling technologies, plus a library, conference rooms and office space for 275 scientists and support staff. The new facility will allow the SWFSC to continue its legacy surveys and monitoring programs while incorporating new technologies in the provision of advice on the conservation and management of living marine resources in the California Current, Eastern Tropical Pacific and Antarctic ecosystems.   The design of the new laboratory calls for photovoltaic cells, elaborate water retention systems, recycled materials and green roofs planted with California coastal chaparral, and is expected to earn a LEED Gold Level Certification.  La Jolla Laboratory Replacement Project PDF

Latest News

4/19/13 5:20 pm

We started moving into our new lab in mid-February and will continue into June. The move consolidates 35+ labs, 5 shops, 4 libraries, 1.5 million specimens and 275 people from two locations with as little interruption to ongoing work as possible. Our temporary facility at Torrey Pines Court is almost empty and we’ve started moving from our old lab across La Jolla Shores Drive. This has involved an extraordinary effort in planning and coordination (the Move Committee has met more than 50 times over the course of two years); ITS and O&M have been stretched thin maintaining three sites simultaneously; and the Facilities staff has risen to the dual challenge of learning to operate a complex facility and helping people settle in to it. But it’s all worth it. We’re quickly becoming productive and looking forward dedicating the building in August. 


Ryvac Engineering Company supplied our model RD-337-QLH to NOAA for use in the new Southwest Fisheries Laboratory in La Jolla, California