Construction started in 2012, and the $53.7 million building opened in March 2014.
Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building I1230 Washington St. SW
In the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1, researchers and students from multiple disciplines are collaborate on issues ranging from fermentation and food safety to bioprocessing and biofuels.
These synergistic relationships allow the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to expand its scientific reach to address critical issues concerning agriculture, food security, human health, energy, and climate change that will impact people the world over.
The building at the intersection of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street is the first of four planned for the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Precinct, where faculty members and students from various departments within the college work together and further research, academic, and Extension efforts.
In the new building, scientists from the Department of Biological Systems Engineering develop new energy sources of energy to power the world, build water delivery systems that ensure people have clean water, find ways to combat addiction through novel new vaccines, and create new targeted drug delivery systems to fight diseases.
At the same time, researchers from the Department of Food Science and Technology find ways for industries to provide healthy food for the world, through pasteurization, fermentation, packaging, emulsion stability, probiotic culture viability, ingredient technology, and product and process development.
The 93,860-square-foot building is home to some of the most cutting-edge and advanced technologies available combined with common areas and shared spaces to increase creative collaboration.
The Human and Agricultural Biosciences Precinct will eventually allow college faculty and staff to be located closer together, allowing for better integration and enhanced collaboration. In addition to the four buildings, it will include a full-scale chiller plant, a greenhouse complex, and a parking area.