Biofuels Center of North Carolina
The State of North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership led to the establishment by the North Carolina General Assembly of the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. The Biofuels Center Campus was located on the 426-acre Oxford Tobacco Research Station, in Granville County. The NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has conducted research on the site since 1912. O’Brien Atkins was retained to collaboratively develop the Vision and Guiding Plan which assessed existing conditions and potential development opportunities. Each of the physical components of the Plan is planned in terms of its purpose, adjacency needs, general character, sequencing and sustainable strategies. The vision looks at future development to include greenhouses and support facilities, a pilot plant, corporate offices and secure research facilities, an incubator laboratory building, a laboratory and business accelerator building, a new Biofuels Commons Building, an Education Center, research plots enhancement, filling station, equipment sheds and strategies for reuse of the existing farmhouse.