New NC Ag Sciences Center to Cost $94 Million: Architect Announced

Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon, left, talks with Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, right, NC Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten and Kristen Hess of HH Architecture on Sept 1 2016 before a stakeholder briefing about the planned Agricultural Sciences Center. Source: NCDA&CS.
Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon, left, talks with Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, right, NC Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten and Kristen Hess of HH Architecture on Sept 1 2016 before a stakeholder briefing about the planned Agricultural Sciences Center. Source: NCDA&CS.

NCDA&CS Announced Their Selection of HH Architecture to Design the New Center — $94 Million Project is Funded through Connect NC Bonds

Released by Brian Long and Kent Yelverton, NCDA&CS

HH Architecture of Raleigh has been selected to design the new Agricultural Sciences Center for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.

The laboratory complex will be built with $94 million in funding from the Connect NC bonds that voters approved in March. It is the first of the bond-funded projects to have its designer approved by the State Building Commission.

The Agricultural Sciences Center will contain offices and labs that perform tests for four of the department’s divisions: Food and Drug Protection, Standards, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides, and Veterinary. The building will replace four labs whose average age is more than 40 years.

“The services provided by these labs is important to our citizens, our farms and our businesses,” Troxler said. “Locating them together in a new and modern, central facility will enable us to be more effective and efficient in meeting the needs of a growing state and our $84 billion agriculture industry.”

About the Agricultural Sciences Center

  • Projected to be about 200,000 square feet in size.
  • Will be located on state land near the intersection of Reedy Creek and Edwards Mill roads in Raleigh.
  • Center will include labs and office space for about 200 department employees.
  • Projected for completion by late 2020.

About HH Architecture

  • Full-service design firm with 16 employees; owned by Kristen Hess.
  • Founded in 2005, the company has worked on a range of design projects, including master planning, renovations and new construction.
  • Past projects include the Gov. James Martin Building at the State Fairgrounds, the Dairy Museum renovation at N.C. State University, the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in RTP, Orange County’s Environmental and Agricultural Center, the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center in Wayne County, and the Agri-Civic Center in Anson County.

 

Ed. Note:  The final bond project list under Connect NC Bonds, totaling $2 Billion, may be found in this PDF. The Ag Science Center mentioned above is on page 3 of that PDF.

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