Northwest Missouri State University - Agricultural Learning Center

Northwest Missouri State University - Agricultural Learning Center

The Agricultural Learning Center for Northwest Missouri State University is a new facility and will be located southeast of R.T. Wright Farm on the north side of Highway 71.  The facility will contain approximately a 30,000 gross sq. ft. of space and contain two primary program elements, Agricultural Education and Agricultural Exposition that are united by public and student interactive spaces.  The Ag Education element consists of 4 laboratories, 2 classrooms, a commercial kitchen, and administrative office components.  The two classrooms include a 100-person, sub-dividable large traditional classroom and a 45-person active learning classroom.  The four laboratories in the building include: a Meat Fabrication Laboratory, a Dairy Fabrication Laboratory, an Animal Health Laboratory, and an Agronomy Laboratory.  The Ag Exposition element consists of a 10,000 sq. ft. exposition space, warming kitchen, and event storage areas.  The Exposition space will be designed as a flexible space to accommodate various teaching and outreach events including; large and small equipment display, animal showing and banquet needs for up to 500 people.

Conceptually the design of the Agricultural Learning Center will be developed to promote the “convergence” of the University’s four-part mission for their evolving programs.  These focus on: Rural Development through agriculture, Urban Development through agriculture, Ag Literacy to connect the Urban-Rural divide, and developing a skilled workforce.  The facility’s design will celebrate these key elements through interactive displays and design elements within the public and student interactive spaces. The completed facility will not only meet the programmatic needs of the Agricultural Sciences departments growing programs, but will help educate and inform visitors about the importance of agriculture within the State of Missouri.