KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The federal government has awarded a contract for building a utilities plant at the site of a $1.15 billion animal research lab in northeast Kansas.
Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman Nicole Stickel says DHS on Thursday awarded the contract to build the central utility plant at the National Bio and Agro-Defense facility in Manhattan.
The NBAF facility, designed to replace an animal research lab at Plum Island, N.Y., will focus on researching deadly animal diseases that affect livestock.
The new contract will use $40 million from fiscal year 2011 appropriations as well as matching funds from Kansas. It is a change to a base contract with a company that provided site preparation services for the project.
DHS says the utility plant will take more than two years to complete.