The Marine Studies Initiative Building is a new LEED Silver 72,000 SF state of the art classroom and laboratory building located on the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center campus in Newport, Oregon. A 3-story core building includes research & teaching labs, classrooms and office space. It connects to a 2-story structure that will include community space, a 250-person auditorium, an “innovation lab” and other facilities. a height of 47 feet, the building’s roof is designed to serve as a vertical evacuation site for more than 900 people if a tsunami strikes the area. In addition to housing Marine Studies Initiative programs, the new building will provide headquarters for OSU’s nationally recognized Marine Mammal Institute and its marine genetics and genomics programs.