Minneapolis firm chosen to build citrus research center at Lakeland University | Business Observer
A Minnesota-based real estate services company is to pave the way for the construction of a new facility to study Florida citrus.
RyanCos. – which is based in Minneapolis, a city that receives an average of 52 inches of snow every year – was chosen to build the Citrus Innovation Center at Florida Polytechnic University.
He will lead the development, design and construction of the 28,000 square foot center. Work is expected to begin this summer and be completed by the end of next year.
The center is being built for International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., a New York-based food, beverage, fragrance, health, bioscience and sensory experience company operating in 47 countries.
The public-private partnership between Lakeland University and the company was announced in September. According to a university statement at the time, the IFF, as it is known, will have a laboratory and creative space in the new building. It will finance the installation, in which the university will not invest any capital.
In return, “as occupier of the new building, IFF plans to provide internships and job opportunities for Florida Poly students, fund and collaborate on faculty research, sponsor projects of high-level synthesis and to support university programs”.
When complete, the facility will house the company’s citrus research and development, provide sensory and experience sites, research labs, processing and analysis departments, and amenities to accommodate guests. and researchers, according to a press release announcing Ryan Cos. role. It will also include a private citrus research garden.
As part of the plan, Ryan’s architecture team highlighted the “ephemeral behavior of flavors and scents through the building’s design” with elements including “an undulating ribbon of perforated metal panels that houses the building and crosses the central spine from the inside,” according to the statement.
This ribbon, which the company says was created with the help of its computer design team, “reflects the density and discernment of aromas, scents and taste sensations, accentuating moments of sensory experience and the flow of these experiences, between the spaces”.
Like many who come to Florida from the snowy regions, Ryan Cos. has gained a foothold in the state, completing approximately 50 projects totaling more than 4.1 million square feet over the past five years. And he opened an office in Tampa.