This $34.4 million project will create an addition to Babcock Hall and renovate spaces in the current building for dairy manufacturing and dairy processing research, teaching and training. The new and remodeled space will serve the Department of Food Science’s Babcock Dairy Plant, and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR).
Babcock Hall was built in the early 1950’s, and today houses the Department of Food Science, the Babcock Dairy Plant, the dairy store and CDR. The dairy plant has had few upgrades since then, with the result that the current plant reflects 1940’s concepts of dairy food processing facilities, with infrastructure that has been degraded by more than six decades of wear. CDR was established 30 years ago, and therefore did not exist when the building was built. Current space allocated to CDR in Babcock Hall is not sufficient in either amount or type for their successful and growing programs.
Members of the design team — including representatives from UW-Madison, CALS, Food Science, the Center for Dairy Research, industry groups and the Division of Facilities Development — are working to complete the building design. Once official reviews are finished for the final design, the Division of Facilities Development will release the project for construction bids and construction will begin.