Slideshow: Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex

The JamesCare for Life’s Garden of Hope sits in the foreground, with the production greenhouse(left) and headhouse (right) in the background.
The JamesCare for Life’s Garden of Hope sits in the foreground, with the production greenhouse (left) and headhouse (right) in the background.
The southeast corner of the production greenhouse is enclosed in time for the cold.
The southeast corner of the production greenhouse is enclosed in time for the cold.
Glass panel installation inside the greenhouses continues through November.
Glass panel installation inside the greenhouses continues through November.
A specialty roof system from the Netherlands was installed on the production greenhouse.
A specialty roof system from the Netherlands was installed on the production greenhouse.
The research greenhouse will have eight individual compartments with unique equipment in each.
The research greenhouse will have eight individual compartments with unique equipment in each.
Facing the research greenhouse, crews have enclosed the facility and will begin the rough-in work.
Facing the research greenhouse, crews have enclosed the facility and will begin the rough-in work.
The headhouse, which will hold administrative and meeting space, takes shape as the exterior is painted scarlet and grey.
The headhouse, which will hold administrative and meeting space, takes shape as the exterior is painted scarlet and grey.
Looking through the headhouse, large wall openings indicate where glass panels will allow sunlight.
Looking through the headhouse, large wall openings indicate where glass panels will allow sunlight.

Ohio State’s Controlled Environment Food Production Research Complex (CEFPRC) is almost halfway complete. The complex is divided into three areas: the production greenhouse, the research greenhouse and the headhouse. All three structures are now enclosed to allow for interior rough-in work to continue during the upcoming winter weather. Recent project updates include:
 

  • A specialty roof system from the Netherlands was installed on the production greenhouse, which will have four compartments for growing. The vertical wall glass is complete, and the interior shade system install is 50% complete.
  • The research greenhouse has eight compartments, each with unique setups to align with research needs.  Roof and wall glass are complete.
  • Metal panel install continues on the headhouse and is approximately 90% complete.
     

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.

View renderings and a live construction feed.