• The 93,860-square-foot building will house some of the most cutting-edge and advanced technologies in the fields of biological systems engineering and food science and technology. This emphasizes the important role that research will play in the college and the university for decades to come.
  • A new biosecurity level 2 food processing laboratory will allow food science and technology researchers to work on issues that jeopardize safe, reliable food production, including E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks.
  • Two departments — biological systems engineering and food science and technology — will be housed in the same building, allowing them to collaborate on future projects.
  • Research will be able to grow and branch out into new directions as faculty members explore food safety, food packaging, food processing innovation, biopharmaceuticals, environmental quality, bioenergy, alternative energy, and creating biomaterials from biomass.
  • Researchers and faculty members will closely interact with graduate and undergraduate students working in laboratories, allowing for a cooperative work environment. Large, public workspaces will allow for open discussions and collaborative work.
  • The expanded research facilities will provide more space for the students in the departments of biological sciences engineering and food science and technology, which have seen tremendous growth in the last five years.
  • This is the first of four buildings planned for the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Precinct, where many departments from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will have new research facilities.
  • The expanded research facilities will provide more space for students in the Department of Biological Sciences Engineering, which has seen tremendous growth in the last five years.
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Contact

Dennis Gehrt
Director of Facilities
540-231-1237
dgehrt@vt.edu