HH Architecture to design new Agricultural Sciences Center
HH Architecture of Raleigh has been selected to design the new Agricultural Sciences Center for the N.C. 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.”
The center is projected to be about 200,000 square feet in size and will include labs and office space for about 200 department employees.
It will be located on state land near the intersection of Reedy Creek and Edwards Mill roads in Raleigh.
It is projected to be completed by late 2020.
About HH Architecture
- The full-service design firm has 16 employees; and is 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.