A grand opening ceremony was July 17, 2015.
The move from the former dairy science complex on Southgate Drive was prompted by the expansion of the Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, and a new U.S. 460 interchange.
Phase I of construction was a $14 million project that was funded by Virginia Tech with nongeneral funds. The Virginia General Assembly has approved $7.6 million in funding for Phase II, which will include a demonstration facility near Plantation Road, an applied reproductive physiology facility adjacent to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and an intensive metabolism research facility at the Kentland Farm complex.
Construction on the Phase II of the dairy relocation is expected to start in 2016.