VIMS

VIMS dedicates new marine research complex

  • Andrews Plaque
    Andrews Plaque  Members of the Andrews family and W&M President Taylor Reveley with the plaque dedicating Andrews Hall. From L: Grandson Hunter Perrot, daughter Bentley Andrews, Mrs. Cynthia Andrews, President Reveley, and grandson Cabell Perrot.  
  • hunter_andrews.jpg
     The late Senator Hunter B. Andrews.  
  • cynthia_speaks.jpg
     Mrs. Cynthia Andrews addresses the Dedication audience. Looking on are (L-R) VIMS Dean and Director John Wells, W&M President Taylor Reveley, and former Governor A. Linwood Holton.  
  • audience.jpg
     Approximately 250 people attended the dedication of Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Laboratory (SRL). The dedication ceremony was held in the SRL high bay, which is designed for handling and maintenance of large oceanographic instruments.  
  • Ribbon Cutting
    Ribbon Cutting  Dignitaries cut the ribbon dedicating Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Lab. From L: W&M President Taylor Reveley, State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., Attorney General William Mims, Clerk of the Senate Susan Clark Schaar, W&M Rector Michael Powell, Mrs. Cynthia Andrews, Cabell Perrot, Delegate Harvey Morgan, Chuck McCarthey of WM Jordan, VIMS Dean and Director John Wells, and Congressman Rob Wittman.  
  • Rector Powell Speaks
    Rector Powell Speaks  W&M Rector Michael Powell addresses the dedication audience. Looking on from L-R are Delegate Harvey Morgan, State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., Congressman Rob Wittman, VIMS Dean and Director John Wells, W&M President Taylor Reveley, and former Governor A. Linwood Holton.  
  • reveley.jpg
     W&M President Taylor Reveley addresses the dedication audience.  
  • reveley_holton.jpg
     W&M President Taylor Reveley welcomes former Governor A. Linwood Holton to the podium to address the dedication audience.  
  • Holton Speaks
    Holton Speaks  Former Governor A. Linwood Holton addresses the dedication audience as State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., Congressman Rob Wittman, and W&M Rector Michael Powell look on.  
  • holton.jpg
     Former Governor A. Linwood Holton addresses the dedication audience.  
  • morgan_holton.jpg
     Former Governor A. Linwood Holton welcomes Delegate Harvey Morgan to the podium to address the dedication audience as State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., Congressman Rob Wittman, and W&M Rector Michael Powell look on.  
  • morgan.jpg
     Delegate Harvey Morgan addresses the dedication audience as W&M Rector Michael Powell looks on.  
  • norment_morgan.jpg
     Delegate Harvey Morgan welcomes State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., to the podium to address the dedication audience as Congressman Rob Wittman, and W&M Rector Michael Powell look on.  
  • norment_speaks.jpg
     State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., address the dedication audience. Looking are (from L-R) Congressman Rob Wittman, W&M Rector Michael Powell, VIMS Dean and Director John Wells, and W&M President Taylor Reveley.  
  • norment.jpg
     State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., speaks during the dedication of Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Laboratory.  
  • wittman_norment.jpg
     State Senator Tommy Norment, Jr., welcomes Congressman Rob Wittman to the podium to address the dedication audience as W&M Rector Michael Powell looks on.  
  • wittman.jpg
     Congressman Rob Wittman addresses the during the dedication of Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Laboratory.  
  • Andrews Family
    Andrews Family  Members of the Andrews family with W&M Rector Michael Powell following the Dedication Ceremony. From L: Grandson Cabell Perrot, Mrs. Cynthia Andrews, Rector Powell, and grandson Hunter Perrot.  
  • mrp_wittman.jpg
     Congressman Rob Wittman (R) with VIMS Professor Mark Patterson (C) and his wife Susan Patterson (L).  
Photo - of -

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science dedicated its two new research buildings—Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Laboratory—in a ceremony that highlighted the many contributions made to VIMS and the College of William and Mary by the Hall’s namesakes, the late Senator Hunter B. Andrews and his wife Cynthia.

Andrews Hall is a state-of-the-art 4-story building that includes 39 laboratories, a distance-learning classroom, an electronics shop, conference rooms, and spaces for faculty, technicians, students, and visiting scientists. It currently houses programs to enhance aquaculture, better manage blue crabs, restore sea grass, track contaminants, control invasive species, model Chesapeake Bay dynamics, unravel food webs, understand climate change, explore alternative energy, and develop autonomous underwater vehicles, among many other programs.

The dedication speakers, many of whom were personal friends of the Andrews, gave heartfelt thanks for the couple’s dedication to marine science, VIMS, William and Mary, and the Commonwealth. Senator Andrews was among the Commonwealth’s most compelling advocates for higher education and marine research during 32 years in the Virginia Senate. Cynthia Andrews’ own passion for marine research made her a valuable member of the VIMS Council for many years.

The 45,000 square foot Seawater Research Laboratory, fed by an intake from the York River, provides 800 gallons per minute of treated seawater to support state-mandated research on finfish and shellfish.  An “acre under roof,” it includes a multi-purpose space with numerous holding tanks, a disease-challenge facility, and a high bay for handling large oceanographic instruments. It also features biological safety laboratories that will allow VIMS scientists to study aquatic pathogens and waterborne pollutants, including their effects on animal and human health.

The two buildings were financed by a higher education bond passed by Virginia voters in 2002.

“Andrews Hall and the Seawater Lab have transformed our campus and modernized our lab capabilities,” says VIMS Dean and Director John Wells. “They are central to our mission of providing research, education, and advisory service in marine science to government, citizens, and industry in the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.”

Dedication speakers included Wells, Cynthia Andrews, W&M Rector Michael Powell, W&M President Taylor Reveley, Former Governor A. Linwood Holton, Representative Harvey Morgan (98th District), State Senator Thomas Norment, Jr. (3rd District), and Congressman Rob Wittman (1st District). Governor Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner sent official letters of greeting.

Kaine noted that “These buildings are far more than bricks and mortar. They are a manifestation of the Commonwealth’s resolve to renew and intensify its commitment to restoring the Bay and its marine resources.”

Warner wrote that “The addition of Andrews Hall and the Seawater Research Laboratory will allow VIMS to bring innovation to the stewardship of our marine resources and to continue to carry out it mission to provide marine research, education, and consultation to citizens, government, and businesses.”

Other noted guests included Virginia’s Attorney General William Mims, State Senator John Miller, Clerk of the Senate Susan Clark Schaar; officials from the VA Department of Planning and Budget, Gloucester County officials, the William and Mary Board of Visitors, the VIMS Council, and the VIMS Foundation Board.

Also in attendance were representatives from the buildings’ architects, Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering, and builders, W.M. Jordan Company; as well as representatives from corporate donors Dominion Resources, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Norfolk Dredging Company, and Prizm Ace.