Slideshow: Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex
Steel is taking the shape of two important structures at the site of Ohio State’s Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex (CEFPRC). Located on the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory, west of Kenny Road, project updates include:
- The production greenhouse structure is 95% erected with only roof work remaining. To date, 40 tons of steel have been installed in the production greenhouse.
- Research greenhouse footing and foundation are complete.
- Slab for the research greenhouse was poured in late July. For the overall project, a total of 1,960 cubic yards of concrete has been poured to date.
- The headhouse steel has begun, and the exterior structure is on track to be fully erected by mid-August.
The $35.8 million project is the future home for interdisciplinary research connecting horticulture and crop science, engineering, entomology, plant pathology, food science, computer science, and human nutrition. It is scheduled to open in September 2022.