The plan for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) laboratory in California, US, has received a federal grant to begin construction again.

The $102m funding for the project has been procured from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, however the project was stopped midway through in 2008 due to a lack of funds.

The four-storey lab has been designed by the US practice GouldEvans architecture, Gibbens Drake Scott engineering, and architects Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker for Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

The 215,000ft² building will replace an existing 45-year-old lab and features a 33ft-deep water tank.

The laboratory will be outfitted with green roofs as well as photovoltaics and is expected to be achieve the LEED Gold certification for sustainable development.

The design team is working in close proximity with San Diego Gas & Electric to reduce power use and maximise energy.

Site preparation works are currently under way, and construction is expected to commence as soon as possible, with anticipated completion in 2011.