Construction of a 44,000 square foot marine research/education laboratory on the waterfront in Portland, with a mission of sup-porting the fishing industry in the Gulf of Maine. GMRI provides a collaborative platform for research partnerships among Maine’s leading marine research organizations, the fishing community, and private industry. GMRI’s new facility also includes an educational lab, where over 80% of Maine’s 5th and 6th grader participate in GMRI’s hands-on LabVenture! program annually. The project successfully secured traditional take-out financing in 2011.