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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

Artist impression of IMAS building

IMAS Building Project

Construction of the new $45 million Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) building on Hobart's waterfront is complete. Staff and students began moving into the building on Wednesday 11 December. 2013. The images below show the building in its final stages of fit-out prior to staff and students moving in.

The IMAS building project was an initiative of the Australian Government as part of the education investment fund. IMAS was created by the University of Tasmania in 2010 and was initially housed at the Sandy Bay campus.

IMAS aspires to be a leading global institution for temperate marine, Southern Ocean and Antarctic research. The new IMAS building, funded by the Commonwealth and on land provided by the Tasmanian Government, brings together much of Tasmania's considerable strengths in marine and Antarctic studies in one precinct, offering opportunities for collaborative research of state, national and international significance.

The building provides teaching and research facilities for around 290 staff and students.

The IMAS building has been designed to be efficient and inspiring, flexible and adaptable and promote internal and external public interaction. The design is sympathetic to the important history of the area and its former and current maritime uses, but will also be long-lasting and memorable. The building has a 5 Star Green Star classification.