Black & Veatch receives DTRA Ukraine contract

The Kansas-based consulting, engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch was recently selected to support the development of Ukraine's ability to prevent the spread of biological weapons and technology.

The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency awarded the company a contract that could potentially be worth $85 million over the next five years, according to

Under the terms of the contract, Black & Veatch will work with the government of Ukraine to implement the agency's Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. The CBEP will provide needed modern lab facilities, equipment and training that will give Ukraine a substantial upgrade to their animal health system, including a greater capacity to detect and prevent the spread of infectious disease outbreaks.

"We will continue to provide our client with best practices in preventing the spread of biological weapons, technology and pathogens," Bill Van Dyke, president of federal services at Black & Veatch, said, reports. "We understand the client's needs and goals required for successful, sustainable results."

The company is currently in the process of completing its support of a similar program launched in 2008 to upgrade Ukraine's human health system. In 2010, Black & Veatch constructed Ukraine's first bio-safety level 3 laboratory as part of a DTRA contract.