Tech Breaks Ground on Advanced Food-Processing Research Facility


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A groundbreaking ceremony for Georgia Tech's $9.4 million Food Processing Technology Research Facility in the North Avenue Research Area will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003.


For Thursday, Jan. 23

Who: State and local officials, agri-business leaders and Georgia Tech researchers and administrators

What: Will break ground on Georgia Tech's Food Processing Technology Research Facility

When: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 at 10 a.m.

Where: Georgia Tech's North Avenue Research Area, 640 Strong Street NW, Atlanta, GA.

[Special note: Attendees will assemble at the Wardlaw Center, 177 North Avenue, where a shuttle will carry them to the site of the ceremony.]

The Food Processing Technology Research Facility is the first of its kind at Tech. The final, $9.4 million facility will provide a world-class research center for collaborative food-processing technology development, academic research and public interaction. More than 40 engineers and scientists associated with the facility will work together to develop exciting breakthroughs in computer vision, robotics, plant ergonomics, biosensors and wearable-computer technology.

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* Funding for the facility is provided by the state of Georgia and a mix of corporate and industrial donors.

* Construction will take place in two phases, with phase I completion slated for 2004.

* Phase I will house 35,000-square feet of laboratory and office space for research and development in the areas of automation technology, information technology and environmental systems. A 50-seat auditorium and meeting facilities will be included, plus a lower lobby outfitted with interactive computer kiosk systems to entertain and inform school and visitor groups about the growing role of technology in the poultry and food-processing industries.

* Phase II, to be built at a later date, will house 10,000-square feet of additional laboratory and office space for human factors, food safety and bioprocessing research.

* The research facility will serve as headquarters for the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Food Processing Technology Division, a unique research unit that examines new technological developments for processing food more efficiently.

* The Food Processing Technology Divison also houses the Agricultural Technology Research Program, which recently ranked tenth among the top 10 university programs serving the meat and poultry industry, according to an industry survey conducted by Meat and Poultry magazine.

For more information on the facility, contact Craig Wyvil, Chief of the Food Processing Technology Division, Georgia Tech Research Institute, (404) 894-3412 or

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