National Grape Improvement Center

Trevor Lamb, AIA
Geneva, NY

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new National Grape Improvement Center, a collaboration between the United States Department of Agricultural Research Service and Cornell University project will result in a state-of-the-art research facility. The facility aims to address challenges faced by the grape production industry, such as invasive species, pests, emerging pathogens, and the effects of climate change. The facility features new elements, including a research lab and office building, greenhouse and headhouse facilities, and climate-controlled connections to existing greenhouse facilities across the site to transport climate-sensitive plant research materials in a protected environment.

Working in conjunction with HDR, the project architect, the EDR team developed a comprehensive site/civil design for the facility. The scope of work included the design and layout of the site, including the development of site retaining walls, parking areas, storm sewer systems, and water system improvements. The project also involved the design of sanitary sewer systems and the implementation of erosion control measures, including the development of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).