Contract awarded for utility plant at NBAF

The joint venture team of Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos., Inc., has been award an $80 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build the Central Utility Plant for the future National Bio and Agro-Defense facility.

Primary heating and cooling systems for an adjacent laboratory will be housed at the 87,000-square-foot plant at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. The plant will also hold diesel generators to supply emergency power to the facility, reports.

Construction on the plant is expected to start immediately with an estimated completion date of Oct. 2015.

The planned 574,000-square-foot National Bio and Agro-Defense facility will consist of advanced research, testing, vaccine and therapy departments, as well as diagnostic training for high-consequence livestock diseases.

The architect and engineer for the project is the NBAF Design Partnership.

The McCarthy and Mortenson joint venture was previously awarded a $3.2 million pre-construction service contract in 2009 for the future animal research lab that will be serviced by the plant, according to

McCarthy Building Cos., Inc., is a subsidiary of the St. Louis-based McCarthy, which boasted revenue of $3 billion in 2012. The Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction reported sales of $2.19 billion in 2011 on revenue of $2.47 billion.