Ryan Companies to Build Taste and Scent Innovation and Customer Experience Center in Lakeland

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Ryan Companies US, Inc. says it has been appointed as the lead developer, architect, construction and management team on International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.’s (IFF) new Citrus Innovation Center at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland.

Ground breaking for the 28,000 sq. ft. structure will take place this summer, with project completion slated for third quarter 2023.

The site on the university’s campus at 4700 Research Way includes a private citrus research garden.

“The innovation center that supports our citrus research and development activities will provide sensory and experience venues, research labs, processing and analytical departments, and amenities for hosting visiting guests and researchers,” Mauricio Poulsen, vice-president of Global Innovation, Creation and Design, Nourish Division of IFF, said in a May 17 statement.

Upon completion, Harrison Street will own and maintain the facility for IFF.

“The ethereal nature of the design concept was challenging, however Ryan was able to successfully create a dynamic, unique architectural expression that reflects the nature of the work being done within the facility while complementing the existing architecture on the campus,” said Linaea Floden, regional director of architecture for Ryan A+E.

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