National Bio and Agro Defense Facility

Department of Homeland Security

Manhattan, Kansas

Project Info
National Bio and Agro Defense Facility
Manhattan, Kansas
Estimated Completion Date: 2015
Square Footage: 500,000

As a key national asset, NBAF will become the international icon for biocontainment around the world. The NBAF is a 500,000 square foot (46,450 square meter) integrated foreign animal, and zoonotic disease research, development and testing facility that will allow for research to enhance agricultural public health. It will replace and expand the existing mission of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) and enhance capabilities to meet the mandated national and bio and agro-defense mission requirements of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). NBAF’s design will project an image that reinforces this facility’s important position as the top research facility of its kind in the world. Welcoming, secure and efficient, the design will be a both good neighbor and a singular destination.

The building is designed around an active, collaborative atrium that connects the public elements of the program, offices, and entry sequence. The containment program is then wrapped around creating a dense program that shortens travel distances into a compact plan. The interior will be integrally colored architectural cast in place concrete, wood, glass and metal offering a modern, yet sturdy image for key building components, thus reinforcing the security and safety of this facility.