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National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

Construction update

The 46.828-acre NBAF site is on the north end of the KSU main campus. When the Manhattan site was selected in 2009 after a 3-year national competition, there were animal facilities on the site that had to be removed prior to NBAF site preparation.  Notably, in 1908, the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) began producing antisera for Hog Cholera (Classical Swine Fever; CSF) on Serum Plant Road (crossing the NBAF site below); CSF is one of the foreign animal diseases projected to be worked on in NBAF. 

1.1 NBAF Website Photo

The NBAF main entry on Denison Avenue is next to the KSU Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall (PRH) — where research has already begun on CSF and 3 other NBAF diseases.  CVM is just south of the BRI on Denison.  In 2014, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) relocated from Topeka to KSU Research Park on Manhattan Avenue east of the NBAF site.

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Construction of the NBAF central utility plant, or CUP, seen in the flyover above and photo below, began in June 2013 and reached "substantial completion" in October 2015. 

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Excavation for the NBAF laboratory began in July 2015 and was completed in December 2015.  Four tower cranes were erected and concrete work began on the 580,184 square-foot NBAF research laboratory in December 2015 as well. By November 2016, concrete work below ground was nearing completion and concrete work above ground had commenced as shown in the photo below.

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NBAF laboratory construction advanced significantly over the next year.  By November 2017, steel plate was being added to the exterior walls of the high-level biocontainment spaces to protect the lab from tornados, and construction of the Biotechnology Development Module (BDM) was underway.  Two tower cranes (noted below) were taken down in November 2017.

2017-11-08 NBAF Site NW

The most recent construction photos are below.  Additional construction photos, design details, and other background information can be found in the monthly NBAF Update (a downloadable PDF) on the "Documents and Resources" page of the website.

 2018-02-13 NBAF Site E

 2018-03-13 NBAF Site NW