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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 as can be seen below.  KSU's biocontainment facility, the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall (PRH), is adjacent to the NBAF site.  Notably, in 1908, the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) began producing antisera for hog cholera (a.k.a. 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. KSU research on CSF was reinitiated in the BRI in 2015. Three other NBAF diseases are also being worked on in the BRI; Rift Valley fever (RVF) beginning in 2013, Japanese encephalitis (JE) in 2014, and African swine fever (ASF) in 2016.


NBAF site preparation work began in 2010 and continued through 2012.  Construction on the first phase of NBAF commenced in 2013 and the old feed mill on the site was removed that year as well. In 2014, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) relocated from Topeka to KSU Research Park on Manhattan Avenue east of the NBAF site. 

NBAF Site Panorama

After full, final funding for NBAF was appropriated in 2015, excavation for the remainder of NBAF construction began in July, and was completed in December 2015. Four tower cranes were erected and concrete work began on the final 5-years of construction as well.

NBAF Tower Cranes 2015

By November 2016, concrete work below ground was nearing completion and concrete work above ground had commenced as shown in the photo below.

NBAF Construction 2016

NBAF construction advanced significantly over the next year.  Two tower cranes were taken down in November 2017; one in February 2018; and the last one in April 2018.





NBAF construction picture

August 11, 2021 NBAF photo