Sen. Jerry Moran said Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded the contract to do the $40 million utility work for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.
Moran, who is on the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the Topeka Capital Journal that the committee received word of the awarding of the contract. If that happens, he said that would bring an end to the long delays in starting construction for the estimated $1 billion facility on the KSU campus.
However, officials at Moran’s Washington, D.C. office cautioned that while the deal is close, it is not yet official. They said the hope is that confirmation occurs later this week or next week.
The biosafety level 4 facility is slated to replace Plum Island Animal Disease Center as the nation’s lead facility for large animal disease research.