Building 306 Dedication Ceremony
September 17, 2012
Area Director Joseph Spence, Congressman Steny Hoyer, City of Greenbelt Mayor Judith F. Davis, and Edward Knipling, ARS Administrator cut the ribbon at the Building 306 Dedication
The newly-renovated Building 306 was one of the many projects on the BARC Deferred Project List that was "Shovel Ready" and funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project to renovate the building was a gut and rehabilitation contract. All non-structural components of the interior surfaces were removed and replaced with new. The design contract was awarded to STV, Inc. for preparation of Bridging Documents and the design-build contract was awarded to the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. The total cost to renovate the building was $14,636,836.
Building 306 will now be occupied by the Bee Research Laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Pettis. Research in this lab is focused on diseases of honeybees and colony collapse disorder. The Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory under the leadership of Dr. Erin Connor will also occupy the building. This lab is an internationally recognized leader in the use of genomics to enhance the production of milk by dairy cows.