NC Commissioner Troxler: Groundbreaking for the Agricultural Sciences Center

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services officially broke ground Monday, July 23, on the $107 million Agricultural Sciences Center, a co-located facility that will house labs and offices for the Food and Drug Protection, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides, Standards and Veterinary divisions. It is projected to be completed in late 2020.

  • I am pleased to announce that we officially broke ground on the department’s Agricultural Sciences Center in Raleigh yesterday. This $107 million co-located office and lab facility is the single biggest building project ever undertaken by the department.
  • We have been holding planning meetings ever since the Connect NC bond project was approved by taxpayers in 2016.
  • We have one shot to get this facility right, so a project of this magnitude requires a lot of thought on the front end.
  • When completed, this building will house the offices, training space and labs of our Food and Drug Protection, Standards, Veterinary and Structural Pest Control and Pesticides divisions.
  • It’s been exciting to watch the design of this building come together, but the groundbreaking signals the beginning of the next phase and I am looking forward to seeing the building begin to rise from the ground.
  • This project is long overdue. The Agricultural Sciences Center will be replacing four labs whose average age is 40 years old.
  • To be able to best serve the needs of the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and consumers we need state-of-the-art labs and equipment.
  • To the credit of the department’s lab employees, we have maintained high-level accreditation even with the lab challenges. But that has required very creative staff who figured out that if you run both the heating and air conditioning units, you could achieve acceptable humidity levels for lab work.
  • Again, that is a testament to the make-do attitude of our staff, but I hope we can all acknowledge that that is a far from ideal situation when it comes to important lab work.
  • This will be a 225,000-square-feet, three-story facility that will house more than 170 employees. It is being built at the corner of Reedy Creek and Edwards Mill roads.
  • It is slated for completion by late 2020.
  • I am grateful that taxpayers saw the need to approve this project in the Connect NC bonds. This facility will help us better serve our state’s No. 1 industry for many years to come.