ROB DEAL AIA,
University of Kentucky Grain And Forage Center of Excellence | Princeton, Ky
The University of Kentucky Research and Education Center strives to be recognized at the local, state and national level for excellence in agricultural research, education, leadership and service to the Commonwealth. JRA Architects was selected to work with the University to renovate and expand the Grain and Forage Center of Excellence to help achieve that vision.
The new Grain Center allows the University to conduct research on intensive agricultural production practices, to study water quality issues, and to help define the environmental footprint of intensive agriculture. This ultimately benefits Kentucky producers by providing new applications and technologies that result in increased yields, reduced inputs, and higher economic returns.
We expanded the existing facility by an additional 20,000 square feet, including a two-story, dividable multipurpose space with large equipment access. Renovations to the existing facility cover 20,000 square feet and help tie the original facility into the expansion and ensure that the renovated and expanded facility meets modern safety and energy efficiency standards. This project includes upgrades and replacement of floor tiles, windows, ceiling tiles and grid, entrances, lighting, HVAC and fire-alarm systems, fume hoods, and the roof of the existing structure. The new Grain Center includes a large multi-purpose space, seed storage and handling room, seed/plant drying room, seed cold storage room, grinding room, research laboratories, general storage rooms, updated offices for faculty, staff, and students, food preparation rooms, a conference room, smart classrooms, office administration areas, and restrooms with showers.