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“The Center’s building expansion project is a major step in our long range plans to increase our impact through plant science,” said Danforth Center President James C. Carrington. “The new addition will increase our 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.”
Carrington went on to explain, “Expansion will also yield more innovative companies that emerge from our laboratories. Expansion will attract more companies, talent and investment to BRDG Park and the region. And with our higher education and outreach partners, expansion will accelerate training of the next generation of scientists. These are the reasons we’re excited about our growth.”
“This building furthers the dream of having our community recognized as the number one center in the world for those serious about plant science and its commercial development. So this is an important day for our Center and, I believe, for our region and our state.”explained Danforth Center Founding Chairman, Dr. William H. Danforth. “We are very lucky because we have a supportive environment in which others do collaborate with us unselfishly and supporters donate generously for the good of the region, the state and the world. Our Center should be great for us all; it is fitting, therefore, that it takes us all to build it. We could not be here without the total effort of all here and many others. I could not be more grateful; I thank you all.”
“As home to nearly 3,500 bioscience companies, world-class research institutions, and a highly-skilled workforce, Missouri is a leader in the life sciences industry,” Governor Nixon said. “The Danforth Plant Science Center has long been a strong anchor of life science innovation in Missouri and its $45 million expansion will build on this success and encourage more companies to create high-tech and high-paying jobs right here in the Show-Me State.”
The award of $4.5 million in Contribution Tax Credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board prompted the Center’s Board of Directors to give the project the go-ahead last July. The Center partnered with the St. Louis Economic Partnership during the application for tax credits.
“The Danforth Plant Science Center is helping our entire region grow, said St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley. “It’s all about talent. They are hiring new, highly-skilled scientists from around the world. In turn, other companies are moving here to be near the talent and the groundbreaking research.”
“The addition will make the Danforth Center a more robust institution and will provide the resources it needs to grow its global leadership in plant science research, technology and commercialization. These efforts will accelerate scientific discovery, and application to crops of the world, as well as encourage and support new company formation in the St. Louis region,” said John F. McDonnell, chairman of the board.
Two architectural firms working in collaboration, Christner Inc. and Flad Architects, designed the 79,000 square foot research facility. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is serving as the construction manager and Landmark Contract Management Inc. is serving as project manager.
Following the remarks Nixon, Dooley, Danforth, McDonnell, Toni Kutchan, Ph.D., vice president for research and Sam Fiorello, COO, unveiled a 6.5 ft. X12 ft. triptych—a large three part image of the new building and expanded Danforth Plant Science Center campus.
Elected officials who attended the celebration include: Rep. Tim Jones, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives; Rep. John Diehl, Majority Floor Leader; Rep. Jill Schupp and Creve Coeur Mayor Barry Glantz.
For more information, view the news release here.
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