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Groundbreaking for food science complex set for July 3

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A groundbreaking ceremony for the new food science complex at Purdue University will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 3 at South University Drive and the Agricultural Mall.

The ceremony will include comments from Victor Lechtenberg, dean of Purdue Agriculture; Purdue President Steven C. Beering; Indiana Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon; and Professor Philip Nelson, head of the Department of Food Science.

The 120,000-square-foot building will be the new home of the Department of Food Science and related teaching, research and service. It will be located on the Agricultural Mall, between the Horticulture Building and the Agricultural Engineering Building.

The project, scheduled for completion in summer 1998, includes new greenhouses and plant growth and greenhouse-support facilities south of the Horticulture Building, and plant-growth facilities south of the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences greenhouses. The greenhouses now located south of the Horticulture Building will be torn down.

The project is funded by the state of Indiana, but at a level less than necessary for completion. Purdue will request funding for renovation of greenhouse "head houses," or work areas, and renovation of existing greenhouses south of Lilly Hall in the 1997 session of the General Assembly. That portion of the project also includes partial renovation of Smith Hall, the current home of the Department of Food Science, for future use by the Department of Entomology.


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