FSHN makes BIG announcement

FSHN makes BIG announcement

Jul 2
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

During the University of Illinois reception at the Institute of Food Technologists meeting, the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) launched efforts to renovate the pilot processing plant facilities located in the agricultural engineering sciences building.

The current facility has remained essentially unchanged for over 25 years, despite rapid changes in technology, equipment, and safety standards. Renovations are essential to meeting student learning and training needs, and to facilitate student recruitment and job placement.

A few of the key improvements include:

  • Food grade suite – high level GMP area
  • Instructional suites – medium level GMP area
  • Industrial test kitchen/teaching lab
  • Food chemistry/analytical lab
  • Sanitary climate control (HVAC)
  • Improved availability of utilities
  • Designated space for receiving/storage
  • Designated space for gowning and equipment wash

The $3 million project will include $2.25 million for renovation of the facilities. The remainder will be allocated for equipment upgrades. FSHN, the College of ACES, and the university have committed to this project, but private support is needed to reach the $3 million goal.

To learn more about the pilot processing plant renovation project, visit www.pilotplant.aces.illinois.edu.

A rendering of the new pilot processing plant.