Inside WSU Wine Science Center construction

By on April 18, 2014
WSU Wine Science Center

This is a conceptual design of the WSU Wine Science Center to be built in Richland. (Courtesy of WSU Tri-Cities)

RICHLAND, Wash. – Construction is humming along at the Wine Science Center, a $23 million building being built at the campus of Washington State University Tri-Cities in the heart of Washington wine country.

When completed, the Wine Science Center will be the center of research and education for the state wine industry. It is being built by the city of Richland on land donated by the Port of Benton. When it is finished, the land and building will be given to the university.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a WSU graduate, got the opportunity to tour the construction site Wednesday. The tour was led by Jeff Stewart of Lydig Construction Co. in Spokane, who is the Wine Science Center project superintendent. She was joined on the tour by WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young along with members of the state wine industry and city and port officials.

Stewart told Great Northwest Wine that construction should be largely completed in October, a year after ground was broken on the project. The first grapes will be crushed in the working winery during harvest 2015.

Following are artists’ renditions of what the completed building will look like, along with photos from Wednesday’s tour.

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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