To keep Missouri´s status in plant production at the highest level, additional research and development is needed to address the challenges facing today´s producers. These challenges include drought management and the use of more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices.
Improving the sustainable production of food is a complex problem requiring the integration of scientific, technological, environmental, social and economic factors. The critical research and development necessary can be achieved only by a highly educated workforce dedicated to advancing all the dimensions of plant sciences. It is vital to bring this workforce together in one collaborative facility.
The estimated total project cost is $74 million in 2013 dollars.
The new facility will replace the existing single-story Agriculture Lab Building attached to the northeast corner of the Agriculture Science Building (ASB). Additionally, there will be renovations to the lower and top floors of the adjoining ASB.
First floor: Classrooms and academic laboratories, DPS administration, and student services with common areas and offices.
Second, third, and fourth floors: Research laboratories, faculty offices and collaborative spaces.
Fifth floor: Greenhouses and mechanical building services.
Basement floor: Specialized teaching, research and extension support facilities that require minimal traffic, isolation and special environments.
Connecting element between the wings: A central zone in which laboratory and non-laboratory functions will be grouped for informal and formal collaborations and interactions.