The new home of LSU AgCenter food, animal and veterinary science faculty and students officially opened Wednesday.

The $14 million Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories Building is a centralized research and teaching facility that provides the space and technologies needed to advance these disciplines.

“These new laboratories will provide a unique opportunity to attract and retain research faculty producing cutting-edge technology that benefits the producer as well as the consumer,” said LSU Vice President for Agriculture Bill Richardson. “This facility will also enable us to offer more hands-on experiences for students, interns and our food incubator.”

The two-story, 49,000-square-foot building is located near the Dairy Store on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus. Construction, which began in early 2012, was funded by a direct allocation from the Louisiana Legislature.

The AgCenter’s food, animal and veterinary science faculty were previously located in the Food Science Building, Francioni Hall and Dalrymple Building. The three buildings will be used for faculty and graduate student offices and service labs.