Cornell Breaks Ground On Stocking Hall Renovation
Cornell University has begun a $105 million project to renovate Stocking Hall -- the 88-year-old home of the Cornell Department of Food Science. Cornell President David Skorton and Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, along with New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Darrel Aubertine and more than 150 students, faculty and stakeholders celebrated the groundbreaking May 9 at the Cornell Livestock Pavilion.The renovation project will replace the iconic Cornell Dairy Bar and Plant with a new building featuring a glass-fronted dairy plant, a "wine library" and teaching winery, research laboratories and a center for sensory evaluation of foods. From an observation balcony above the Dairy Plant, visitors will have a bird's-eye view as milk from the Cornell dairy farm is transformed into ice cream, cheese and yogurt for sale to the Cornell community. The project is funded by the State University of New York Construction Fund. Demolition of the middle "runway" portion of Stocking Hall along Tower Road began April 5, and construction will be completed in 2014.