USDA, Homeland Security, cut ribbon on National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, KS.

The first-in-the-U.S. facility features highest-level biocontainment laboratories and safety protocols for scientists to study and diagnose critical animal diseases.

The new 48-acre, 700,000-sf campus is near Kansas State University and many animal health companies. The 500,000-sf main building houses animal containment laboratories and holding facilities, office, and facility support space. Specialized safety systems include redundant high efficiency particulate air filter and waste decontamination systems.

IMEG provided structural and security engineering for the project, which will replace the 68-year-old Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York.

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