Long-awaited Coastal Studies campus dedicated

By on January 17, 2013

The Research and Education Building at the UNC-CSI Campus. (CSI)

Thomas Ross, UNC System president. (CSI)

Many years in the making, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute research and education facilities were dedicated and officially opened in Skyco Tuesday.

Local and state dignitaries, university officials, UNC-CSI federal and state partners and UNC-CSI board members attended the dedication.

The President of the University of North Carolina System, Thomas W. Ross, was the keynote speaker.

“The work that will take place here will have an affect on the lives of people all over the world. We hope to bring the best minds from the UNC system to come here and to work alongside members of this community,” Ross said.

State Rep. Paul Tine, Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge, Nags Head Mayor Bob Oakes and UNC-CSI Director Nancy White also spoke.

A self-guided tour of the 83,791 square-foot facilities followed the dedication speeches.

Early site work began in the summer of 2010, with construction starting in November of 2010. Construction was completed on Dec. 12.

The new facilities are sustainably designed to take advantage of the site’s natural assets, including the southern exposure for sunlight and use of natural plants for low maintenance landscaping.

The UNC-CSI campus in Skyco is on 240 acres of uplands and marsh, and will provide easy access to the coastal ecosystems. (CSI)

Research and education facilities, including classrooms, labs, multi-media spaces and a marine services building are designed to be low-impact, efficient and economical. The new facility uses many green building strategies and is applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. 


The UNC Coastal Studies Institute is an academic research and education organization with deep roots in the coastal communities of northeastern North Carolina. It was founded in 2003 as part of the University of North Carolina system as an inter-university institute to undertake research, offer educational opportunities, provide community outreach programs and enhance communication among those concerned with the history, culture and environment of the state’s maritime counties.

UNC-CSI university partners include East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Wilmington.

The dedication of the site by the University of North Carolina kicks off a series of community events to take place throughout the spring, including a public open house on February 2, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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