National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Project

November 06, 2009

McCarthy/Mortenson, a Joint Venture

Selected as Construction Manager for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Project

November 6, 2009

Manhattan, KS - The United States Department of Homeland Security has selected McCarthy/Mortenson, a Joint Venture as the construction manager to provide preconstruction services for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Site preparation is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2010, and facility construction is expected to be completed by 2015.

The NBAF will be a modern, integrated high-security biocontainment laboratory with bio-safety levels (BSL) 2, 3, 3E, 3Ag and 4 serving as the nation’s premier research center for combating agriculture’s vulnerability to naturally occurring diseases or agro-terrorism. The facility will house advanced research, diagnostic testing and validation, countermeasure development (i.e., vaccines and anti-viral therapies) and diagnostic training for high-consequence livestock diseases. The facility will provide the necessary infrastructure to improve understanding and preparedness for potential bioterrorism employing foreign animal disease and zoonotic disease pathogens that may be accidentally or intentionally introduced in the United States and will develop capabilities to improve protection against such threats.

The project includes up to 520,000 square feet of biosafety level (BSL) 2, 3E, 3Ag and 4 research laboratories, a central utility plant, a small scale vaccine and reagent production building, an entry guardhouse and a central receiving building to be constructed on a 50-acre site. NBAF Design Partnership, led by Perkins + Will, is the architect and engineer on the project.

McCarthy/Mortenson will provide design reviews, cost estimates, construction feasibility reviews, design mockups and scheduling services during the preconstruction process. The team brings extensive knowledge and experience in the construction of BSL-3E, 3Ag and 4 facilities to the project. McCarthy has completed similar biosafety level projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Ames, Ia., and Boston University in Boston. With a long-standing, local presence in Manhattan, Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction brings expertise in the implementation of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to improve the design and construction process as well as the experience of working on a similar laboratory project at the University of Colorado Denver’s Research II in Aurora, Colo. The team was selected through a best value competitive process based upon their expertise in constructing biosafety facilities and construction experience in the Manhattan area.

McCarthy/Mortenson plans to utilize as many local resources and small businesses as possible in the construction of the NBAF project. Contractor outreach efforts and industry information days will be held in the Manhattan area early in 2010. Please visit this website for more information

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. ( is one of the nation’s oldest and largest commercial construction companies. Founded in 1864, the firm is currently the 10th largest builder in America (Engineering News-Record, May 2009) and has been building in the science and technology market for more than 50 years. This resume of experience valued at nearly $9 billion includes: research facilities; life sciences; nanotechnology; pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing; data centers; high containment labs (BSL-3, BSL-4 and Potent Compound); cleanrooms; agri-business; and biomedical facilities. Headquartered in St. Louis, McCarthy also has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Sacramento. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.