Construction of an 8,300-square-foot Agriculture Consumer Science Center is underway at the Stony Brook University Calverton Business Incubator. One year after announcing the open bidding process for the construction of the center, Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and other local leaders broke ground at the construction site on Monday, October 24.
The ACSC is being developed to help regional wine and agricultural producers and local entrepreneurs develop new, marketable consumer items and enhance their product lines through access to state-of-the-art shared processing areas and collaboration with other researchers, scientists and professionals at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and the New York State Small Business Development Center.
Stony Brook announced in March 2010 that through the efforts of Senator LaValle, the University would receive a $3.5-million grant from the New York State Economic Development Assistance Program for the construction of the ACSC at the Calverton Business Incubator. The project budget will permit the construction of an additional 8,300 square feet of space to the already existing 15,680 square foot facility.
The project’s expected completion date is summer 2012.