University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth

Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI)

Project Overview

Originally founded in 2002, the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute is a partnership between the UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to promote sustainable fisheries through scientific study.  These highly regarded institutions are now residing under one roof in New Bedford’s South End in a newly constructed 64,115 square-foot facility, complete with a state-of-the-art seawater research lab constructed by Arden Engineering Constructors.

Project Specifications

Construction Manager: Bond Brothers

Architect/Engineer: Ellenzweig Architects/ TAG Engineering

Facility Type: Higher Education

Schedule: 18 Months

Project Location: Clark’s Cove in New Bedford, MA

Services Provided


Trimble 3D Scan


New Construction

Process Seawater Piping and Mechanical Systems


Highlights / Achievements

6,500 man hours

Complete BIM coordination and 3D modeling

Installation of corrosion resistant seawater piping, specialty mechanical equipment, research tanks, and pumps

All equipment is fully automated with instrumentation and process logic controller

Project completed on schedule

Value Delivered

The new facility will help the MFI expand their capabilities for marine research and promote growth of research programs.  The seawater research lab is an integral component in this expanded research, and the Arden team, including engineers, project managers, plumbers, and pipefitters, had to keep the project on schedule using advanced mechanical design, prefabrication, and installation techniques.

“A true PVC piping masterpiece.”Rick Galat, Seawater Design Engineer – TAG Engineering