Seiberling - process engineering - automation

Cornell University Teaching Dairy


Ithaca, New York

Description of Project

The new state of the art dairy plant at Cornell provides students and future dairy professionals with vital hands-on experience and supports teaching research and extension programs that benefit processors throughout the country. The state funded project had a six year lifespan, not unlike other teaching dairy projects where every detail with regard to functionality, adaptability, and aesthetics was thoroughly considered during the conceptual design.

While teaching, research, and extension outreach are the primary focus, the plant also supplies the campus with fluid milk, juice, cider, ice cream, cultured products, and pudding. The process design includes a variety of methods that future grads will likely see in the industry from manual swing connections to highly automated mix-proof valve concepts. The control system design allows the real time operating displays (HMI screens) to be displayed in any of the classrooms to give students a valuable learning experience with live dairy operations. The outreach program at Cornell includes a number of workshops in dairy processing including HTST processing, Vat Pasteurization, and Artisan Cheesemaking which all make use of the processing equipment for hands-on training of industry professionals throughout the northeast.

The project presented a unique challenge in process piping design in that the piping not only had to be functional, it had to be designed and installed in a manner that complimented the architectural design and also allowed for unobstructed view from both the two-story external glass wall and internal mezzanine viewing hallway.


23,000 square feet


Food & Beverage


  • Conceptual Design
  • Detailed Design
  • Programming
  • Project Management
  • Start-up and Commissioning

Project Start Date

July, 2008

Project Completion Date

August, 2014

Seiberling Contact

Robert Price
Senior Project Manager