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1940s cattle barn gains new life as classroom and laboratory building

A 71-year old cattle barn will be reborn as a  modern classroom and laboratory building in a dedication ceremony on Oct. 22 at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on Skidaway Island, Ga. University president Jere Morehead presided over the ceremony, which capped the year-long renovation of the reinforced concrete and steel beam… Read more »

 

Barn dedication set

The renovation of the Roebling cattle barn is progressing with the expectation the project will be substantially completed by August 22. The building will house two state-of-the-art classrooms and one large teaching lab, all capable of distance learning. There will be two faculty offices, a reception area, two student group offices and generous open collaboration… Read more »

 

UGA Skidaway Institute’s 76-year-old Roebling House gets a makeover

One of the oldest buildings on Skidaway Island, the Roebling House at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, recently received a facelift courtesy of Lowe’s community service program, Lowe’s Heros. Long before there was The Landings and thousands of residents on Skidaway Island, the Roebling family operated a cattle farm named Modena Plantation… Read more »

 

UGA Skidaway Institute receives $79,000 gift to support marine research

Savannah, Ga. – Savannah residents Michelle and Barry Vine presented a gift of $79,000 to the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography to support the institute’s cutting-edge oceanographic research. In recognition of the gift, UGA Skidaway Institute plans to name an observation laboratory in honor of Michelle Vine’s father, Albert Dewitt Smith Jr. The… Read more »

 

Skidaway building rehabilitation and repurposing project approved

We had some good news this week. Governor Nathan Deal signed the FY17 Georgia state budget which includes a $3 million bond package for UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography to renovate and repurpose the old Roebling cattle barn. The circa-1947 building is in poor condition and not currently functional as laboratory, teaching or meeting space.… Read more »

 

Planned renovation project attracts media attention

WTOC-TV’s Yana Jones visited Skidaway Institute yesterday to produce a story on the planned renovation/repurposing project of the old Roebling show barn. http://www.wtoc.com/story/31583088/renovation-plans-for-skidaway-institute-of-oceanography-included-in-state-budget

 

New convention center exhibit touches on Skidaway Institute history

UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography had an interesting beginning. In 1968, Robert and Dorothy Roebling donated their Modena Plantation on the north end of Skidaway Island to the state to be the site for an oceanographic institute. The Roebling family has a fascinating, going back to Robert’s great grandfather, John Augustus Roebling, who designed and… Read more »

 

Gator in the pool

Skidaway Institute had an unexpected visitor this morning. This guy showed up in the old Roebling swimming pool. We’re not sure how he got there. He probably fell in while out looking for a midnight snack. The walls are around seven feet high, and there’s only a couple of inches of water in the bottom,… Read more »