University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignCollege of ACES
Pilot Plant
Office of Advancement

Case Statement

The Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building, including the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) Pilot Processing Plant, opened in 1984, although much of the equipment was also moved from an older facility. Aside from general equipment maintenance, the FSHN Pilot Processing Plant went unchanged for nearly three decades.

The FSHN Pilot Processing Plant includes roughly 10,000 square feet of floor space, adequate utilities, and specialized processing equipment. The footprint of the Pilot Processing Plant is tremendous and has enormous capacity with the proper updates.

Over the past few years, FSHN has committed additional staff time and financial resources to make small modifications in the facility. These have included professional cleaning of the walls and floors, painting the walls with easily-cleaned paint, purchasing personal protective equipment, and relocating the cold room within the Pilot Processing Plant. Further, unusable equipment was removed and miscellaneous equipment was acquired from corporate donations and on-campus grants.

To continue to meet instructional, research and economic development needs, an extensive renovation of the pilot processing plant is required. A significant investment in the FSHN Pilot Processing Plant Facility will have a far-reaching, long-term impact.

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