Press Release: 06.15.2014

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center breaks ground on an expansion in St. Louis.

“The new addition will improve the capacity for high-level science in crop improvement, bioenergy, sustainable agriculture and plant biology. The new facilities will also help attract the best scientific teams as we expand in the years ahead.”
-Dr. James Carrington, president, Danforth Center

McCarthy recently broke ground on a $45 million expansion of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. The 79,000-square-foot expansion will include flexible research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment as well as core facilities and additional growth chamber space. The expanded facility is expected to open in 2015.

Plans call for building a three-story addition that will be attached to the west side of the Danforth Center’s existing building, making room for more than 100 additional researchers. That is in addition to the Center’s 227 current employees, including 172 scientists and staff, who attract an average of $13 million in grants each year.  

Situated on a 40-acre site, the Danforth Center recently added a $9.5 million, 16,520-square-foot greenhouse range, increasing its growth capacity by 40 percent.

“It is exciting to continue our relationship with the Danforth Center,” said McCarthy Vice President of Science & Technology Kevin Williams, PE, LEED AP. “Our work with the biotech industry in St. Louis dates back to the original Danforth Center building project. When you have a client whose mission includes ‘Feed the hungry and improve human health,’ it is easy to get out of bed and go work hard on their behalf.”

"The Center’s expansion project is a major step in our long range plans to increase our impact through plant science,” commented Danforth Center President Dr. James Carrington.

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research at the Danforth Center will feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment, and enhance the St. Louis region and Missouri as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett Foundations. The $74 million, 169,250-square-foot Danforth Center currently houses 20 scientific teams; 44,220 square feet of greenhouse space; 38 growth chambers and 51 custom growth rooms.

Want to learn more about this project? Watch the Groundbreaking Ceremony VIDEO.

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