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Washington State University to Build Wine Science Center

Washington State University to Build Wine Science Center

The university raised $17 million for the center, set to open next year

When the state's wine industry cashes in at $8.6 billion per year, it should be no surprise that Washington State University is ready to take the industry by the horns.

The Wine Science Center is set to open in Richland a year from now, the Seattle Times reports. That means grape crushing could begin as early as the 2014 harvest (which feels very far away, but it's not). The goal of the center is to educate winemakers and complete research for grape growers.

Said Steve Warner, executive director for the Washington Wine Commission to the Seattle Times, the state is ready to show off its bigwig status in the wine world. "It's an acknowledgment that we are a burgeoning regional wine industry and we are willing to make this investment in the future, to really cement our place in the global wine world as a place of superior-quality wines," he said. Plus, it will be a testament to Washington wines and the care they need — different from California wines and Old World wines.


Wine Science Center breaks ground, governor commends partnership

Groundbreaking of the Wine Science Center Thursday at Washington State University Tri-Cities marked the start of the $23 million project designed to attract world-class researchers and students who will focus their efforts on the challenges and opportunities faced by Pacific Northwest grape growers and winemakers.

“We believe in wine and we believe in science. We are marrying those two things today,” Governor Jay Inslee said at the groundbreaking. “The Wine Science Center symbolizes the power of partnerships.”

The Center will be built on Port of Benton land, with administrative support from the City of Richland, using funds raised by WSU. When construction is complete, the land and the building will be handed over to WSU.

Included in the Center will be a research and teaching winery, state-of-the art research laboratories, classrooms, conference rooms and a 3,500-bottle wine library. A dramatic central lobby will provide views of the research winery floor and outdoors toward the Columbia River and the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

Since its start 30 years ago, Washington’s grape and wine industry has experienced explosive growth to the $8.6 billion economic impact it has today in Washington state, said Steve Warner, President of the Washington State Wine Commission.

“If we’re this good in 30 years, how great can we be in the future?” Warner said. “The Wine Science Center will take us to new heights.”


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Completed utilizing a design-build delivery method, this one-of-a-kind research and teaching facility is located at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.

The facility includes a research and teaching winery, state-of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms, conference rooms and a regional and international wine library. A dramatic central lobby provides views of the research winery floor and outdoors toward the Columbia River and the WSU Tri-Cities campus. The glass lobby opens to exterior landscaped plazas on each side of the building.

The research and teaching conducted in the center is specific to the challenges and opportunities faced by grape growers and winemakers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington’s grape and wine industry aims to triple its annual economic impact from $8.6 billion to $25.8 billion by 2020.


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Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities Moving Toward Completion

The Wine Science Center is in its eleventh month of construction. At completion, the facility will be the most technologically advanced wine science center in the world.

Strategically located at the WSU Tri-Cities campus, it pairs wine education and research in close proximity to the industry. With construction progressing on budget, the projected date for substantial completion is November 30, 2014. The first classes will be held in January of 2015.

Jim Harbertson, his team and research winemaker will move from Prosser to this new building. Thomas Henick-Kling’s group will move in by June of 2015. They are in the process of hiring a new analytical chemist for the facility too.

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Washington State University has the largest interdisciplinary doctoral programs in materials science and engineering in the Pacific Northwest. Since its establishment in 1988, the program has evolved into a vibrant interdisciplinary program with participation of faculty from numerous departments and schools across multiple colleges. This cross-disciplinary approach encourages a highly collaborative atmosphere and allows students access to the wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities housed in the participating departments.

Materials Science and Engineering Program graduate students benefit from WSU’s strong ties with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Notably, several students participate in the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP), which allows them to work full time at the national lab for a duration of their degree.

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Watch the video: WSU Tri-Cities Wine Science Center Groundbreaking (September 2021).