Public tours will be offered at the main research building when the formally opens its doors on Oct. 20.

The “Core Lab” at the biotech research facility already houses elaborate research equipment, including one of the world’s largest magnets.

A dedication and open house at the $1.5 billion project will begin at 10 a.m.

The project is being built by billionaire David Murdock, the owner of Dole Food and of Castle & Cooke, the development firm creating the campus. The core lab is named after Murdock.

Also opening on that day will be the University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Building and the North Carolina State Fruit and Vegetable Science Institute Building.

Murdock launched the project in 2004 when he purchased the site of an abandoned Pillowtex textile mill.