Donald Danforth Plant Science Center breaks ground on $45 million expansion

May 19, 2014

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to expand

St. Louis, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon joined leadership from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, volunteers and local officials to celebrate the ground breaking of a three-story addition to the Center’s research facility. The expansion project includes a $45 million capital investment and is expected to create at least 100 research new jobs.

“As home to nearly 3,500 bioscience companies, world-class research institutions, and a highly-skilled workforce, Missouri is a leader in the life sciences industry,” Gov. Nixon said. “The Danforth Plant Science Center has long been a strong anchor of life science innovation in Missouri and its $45 million expansion will build on this success and encourage more companies to create high-tech and high-paying jobs right here in the Show-Me State.”

The 79,000 square foot expansion increases research laboratory space, housing state-of-the art equipment. Architectural firms Christner Inc., and Flad Architects are collaborating on the new facility design. Construction will be done by McCarthy Construction and Landmark Contract Management Inc., will serve as the project manager. Construction of the new facility is slated to be complete by the end of 2015.

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science.  Research aims to feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment and position the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science.  The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett Foundations. 

To assist Donald Danforth Plant Science Center with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the organization can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. The St. Louis Economic Partnership also partnered with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to make its expansion possible.