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Construction manager picked for Manhattan bio-defense lab

The big National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility slated for Manhattan took a step forward today with the selection of a construction manager.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security picked McCarthy/Mortenson Joint Venture for the job of overseeing the building of the state-of-the-art research lab designed to protect the food supply and agriculture economy.

"DHS is focused on keeping construction right on track because the need for new animal disease vaccines and countermeasures is too critical to delay," Sen. Pat Roberts said.

Added Sen. Sam Brownback: "This is great news, and it shows that Manhattan is well on its way to becoming the home another world-class research facility.”

DHS said McCarthy/Mortenson will provide expertise during the design process and all labor, material, supervision, and equipment during construction, under a $3.2 million contract awarded pursuant to a federal solicitation issued in January.

McCarthy's headquarters office is located in St. Louis. Mortenson has local offices in Manhattan and is the largest general contractor in that area.

McCarthy/Mortenson, was awarded the contract through a competitive process based upon their expertise in constructing biocontainment labs.