Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Facility
The Danforth Center’s inaugural facility was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners of London, England and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum of St. Louis. The innovative building opened in 2001 and provides outstanding research and training facilities including five scientific core facilities, compartmentalized greenhouses and environmentally controlled growth chambers and growth rooms. Amenities also include a library, a 300 seat lecture auditorium with state-of-the-art communications technology, conference and event space.
On April 15, 2016, Danforth Center leadership and supporters dedicated the new William H. Danforth Wing, named in honor of the Founding Chairman whose vision catalyzed the formation of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in 1998.
The new wing will strengthen and expand priority research areas, provide the capacity and technology to accelerate outcomes and advance the Danforth Center as a collaborative hub that connects regional, national and international partners to improve the human condition through plant science.
The four story addition provides open, flexible lab spaces for up to 100 scientists, an advanced plant growth facility, a computational crop improvement lab and a Maker Shop for new instrument development.
A significant redesign of the Danforth Center’s landscape through reconstruction of a native Missouri tall grass prairie, including many varieties of flowering plants. The six-acre prairie will showcase the vital connections between native landscapes, biodiversity and agriculture, and provide an enhanced ecosystem 12 colonies of managed honey bees whose 500,000 foragers will help pollinate thousands of acres surrounding the Danforth Center. Renovation of the Kemper Water Pond featuring aquatic grasses and a boardwalk.
The William H. Danforth Wing was designed by architectural firms Christner Inc. and Flad Architects and funded entirely by private donations. The Center received $4.5 million in Contribution Tax Credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board. Key facts About the Danforth Center:
• Total gross square footage: 303,860 sq. ft.
• Laboratory space: 26+ suites; over 77,458 sq. ft. total including lab support
• Greenhouse complex: 43 bays providing 54,130 total sq. ft. of active growth space
• Plant Growth Chambers & Growth Rooms: 84 total with 36 walk-in rooms and 48 reach-in rooms
• Core technologies: Bellwether Foundation Plant Phenotyping Facility, Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry, Integrated Microscopy, Plant Tissue Culture & Transformation and a Bioinformatics group that serve scientists at the Center and entrepreneurs throughout the region
• AT&T auditorium: 3,700 square feet, with 302 stadium-style seats, state-of-the-art audio, video, internet and teleconferencing capabilities
• Lecture-style theater in the William H. Danforth Wing: 2,191 sq. ft. with 95 seats, state-of-the-art audio, video, internet and teleconferencing capabilities
The Danforth Center is committed to enhancing the St. Louis region as a world center for plant science and creating new jobs for future generations. The most visible result of this commitment is the Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park located on the north eight acres of the Center's campus.