Bayer Crop Science

Plant Science Research and Development Facility

Design-Build Institute of America Distinction Award.

AEI designed the complete renovation of this 164,300 square foot R&D facility combining Bayer Vegetable Seeds and Biologics, as well as design for the on-site greenhouse, headhouse, site utilities, and new services for the off-site greenfield Riverside Greenhouse. In addition to R&D labs, this facility houses fermentation, formulation, growth chambers, grow rooms, insectaries, and containment areas. The purpose of the facility is to develop naturally occurring pesticides, and a biologics pesticide pilot plant is included to support this effort.


West Sacramento, CA


  • P&W - Architect of Record

Building Size

164,300 sq. ft.


  • 2015 Western Pacific Region Distinction Award

The project was executed using design-build delivery methodology and lean design and construction techniques. The general and MEP contractors were brought on board early with AEI retaining full control of the design as the Engineer of Record.

Containment areas were designed and permitted under the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The project is recognized as not only a great place to do science but also received the 2015 Distinction Award for the Western Pacific Region by the Design-Build Institute of America.

"The plant and insect containment areas should be the new model for future facilities throughout the nation.” – USDA permit comments.

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