About the Project

On September 18, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a contract for preconstruction phase services for the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) to McCarthy Mortenson NBAF A Joint Venture (MCMJV). The preconstruction contract brought MCMJV onto the core project team early so they could participate during the design phase to perform design and constructability reviews. The contract included phased options to award future construction tasks to MCMJV for the duration of the NBAF development process as part of the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) acquisition approach, successfully used on DHS’s National BioDefense Analysis & Countermeasures Center (NBACC) project.

Project Timeline

To date, MCMJV has completed preconstruction services and sitework contracts and is currently constructing the 87,000-sqare-foot central energy plant, which began in February 2013. On May 27, 2015, MCMJV breaks ground on the largest phase, the main laboratory building, which contains BSL-3 and -4 high containment labs, as well as various outbuildings. NBAF is located adjacent to the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Biosecurity Research Institute. The location puts NBAF in an area of the Midwest known as the Animal Health Corridor that links universities and companies who have shared missions in veterinary and agricultural research as well as the veterinary pharmaceutical industry.

NBAF will be a 707,000-square-foot, four-level, state-of-the-art biosafety level (BSL) 3 and 4 research facility that will enable the United States to conduct comprehensive research, develop vaccines and anti-virals, and provide enhanced diagnostic capabilities to protect our country from numerous foreign animal, zoonotic and emerging diseases. As a replacement to the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center, NBAF will put the United States on the front line of livestock animal health research. Core competencies of the facility include diagnostics, training, North American Vaccine Bank, basic and applied research, vaccines and agricultural biological countermeasures and vaccine licensure. Key customers of NBAF include U.S. Livestock Producers, National Veterinary Stockpile, National Animal Health Laboratory Network, FBI, USDA, ARS and APHIS, Private Industry and Academia.

MCMJV is made up of two exceptional companies with unmatched experience building high containment, large scale and federal projects. McCarthy is a leading biocontainment lab builder headquartered in St. Louis, MO with a local office in Leawood, KS. Mortenson Construction has local offices in Manhattan, KS and is the largest general contractor in that area. MCMJV was awarded the contract through a competitive process based on their expertise in constructing biocontainment labs.

Both firms are American owned and operated.


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