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Source: Dan Richardson, 913-541-1220,

Friday, July 30, 2010


OLATHE -- The first building on Kansas State University's Olathe campus is well under way and construction can be watched online.

A webcam at provides a live, bird's-eye view of the progress of the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute. The $28-million facility will house educational and laboratory spaces for research, education and technology commercialization in animal health and food safety.

K-State Olathe is part of the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle initiative. The 108,000-square-foot building is financed by a portion of the one-eighth cent sales tax approved by Johnson County voters in November 2008. Designer of the project is 360 Architecture, and it is being built by the Weitz Company.

The building should be enclosed by the end of July and is on track for completion in February 2011, according to Dan Richardson, CEO of K-State Olathe.

The webcam and technical support are being supplied by Schlagel and Associates, the city of Olathe and the Olathe Unified School District.

K-State Olathe is the academic research presence in the Kansas Bioscience Park. The campus provides a direct link to K-State's many resources while also giving the university greater visibility and access to the heart of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. The campus is on a 38-acre site near Kansas Highway 7 and College Boulevard.