Media Advisory: NC State to Dedicate Plant Science Building

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On April 12, 2022, NC State University officials and stakeholders will open the NC State University Plant Science Building. The dedication event is free and open to the public, media, and the NC State campus community. For photos, videos, quotes and other reference material, visit the NC PSI media kit.

The soon-to-be-occupied North Carolina State Plant Science Building sits at the heart of the North Carolina State Centennial Campus. Design firm Flad Architects and construction firm DPR Construction collaborated with NC State to transform the vision of a world-class plant science facility into a five-story, 185,000 square meter building. ft reality.

Among the building’s features: rare growth chambers, 25-foot greenhouses that can house any crop, and several core labs specializing in mass spectrometry, measuring volatile or chemical compounds that plants use to communicate, and machines that can rapidly sequence not only plants but also the microbes and other living organisms within them.

The NC State Plant Sciences Building will bring together researchers from various disciplines to support collaborations within the university and external collaborations with industry, government, and other academic research institutions.

Details of the dedication ceremony

The program begins at 11 a.m. with featured speakers including:

  • Administrator of the Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture Chavonda Jacobs-Young
  • N.C. Senator Philippe Berger
  • Chancellor of North Carolina State University Randy Woodson
  • Farmer and board member of Golden LEAF Lawrence Davenport
  • Acting Dean of NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences John Dole
  • Executive Director of the North Carolina Plant Science Initiative Adrian Percy
  • Graduate student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University Shelly Hunt

Location: The NC State University Plant Sciences Building is located at 840 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27606. Business casual attire is recommended, but please dress appropriately for the weather as the ceremony will take place in the Green Zone at the building exterior. Free parking will be available inside the Partners Way Bridge (851 Partners Way). Visit the NC State University Plant Science webpage for detailed event information.


The NC Plant Sciences Initiative and NC State University Plant Sciences Building were envisioned by farmers, championed by state leaders, overwhelmingly endorsed by North Carolina voters, and anticipated by all stakeholders. This dedication event is more than a celebration of the opening of a building. It’s a time to recognize the generous donors and friends who have contributed to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and NC State University’s vision of creating a hub for plant science innovation and discovery. .

On-site media contact: Janine Brumfield –

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