Work Begins on FSHN Pilot Processing Plant Renovation

Work Begins on FSHN Pilot Processing Plant Renovation

Jun 27
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

The following post has been contributed by Brian Jacobson, Food Science Pilot Plant Manager.

This summer in the Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building the sound of students headed to class has been replaced with that of construction equipment.

Construction has begun to update the FSHN Pilot Processing Plant, a ~$2.5M renovation that will include enhancements to the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the facility.  Equipment operation and food safety guidelines have changed rapidly in the past several years, making updates necessary to ensure the facility continues to meet the needs of training students and producing human consumable food. 

Upgrades will include a new HVAC system, food processing suites for separating incompatible products, a commercial kitchen for product development work, and an upgraded analytical laboratory.  Construction is expected to be complete in time for the Spring 2017 semester.  Naming opportunities are still available for private and corporate donors.

For more information, visit  Please direct any questions to Brian Jacobson (Pilot Plant Manager) at