New Biosafety Level 3 Building Will Have Lab Research & Research Support Areas

[ClickPress, Thu Dec 07 2006] The University of Missouri-Columbia and the National Institutes of Health have awarded a $12.6 million contract to K&S Associates, Inc. of St. Louis to construct a new Regional Biocontainment Laboratory.

The Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) will be located on the east campus within the Veterinary Medicine Complex of the University of Missouri-Columbia. The RBL is a new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) building that will contain 9,768 (nsf) of research space and associated research support areas. The building will include a full basement and penthouse for mechanical and electrical systems and equipment necessary to satisfy requirements for a BSL-3 facility. The MU RBL was one of thirteen RBL’s in the nation to receive a construction grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is being managed by the university’s Campus Facilities department. Architects are Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. of Westwood, Kansas assisted by Merrick & Company of Aurora, Colorado (MEPFP and biocontainment); SK Design Group, Inc. of Overland Park, Kansas (civil); Rogers-Schmidt Engineering Company, P.C. of St. Louis (utilities extension); and George Butler Associates, Inc. of St Louis, Missouri (commissioning consultants).

Thomas J. Kraska, president of K&S Associates, said, “Our company is honored to be a team member in the construction of the new Regional Biocontainment Laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which complements our full-service track record of diverse construction experience.”

Construction has begun and completion is scheduled for the spring of 2008.
K&S Associates, Inc. was founded in 1972. In addition to general contracting, the company manages complete Design/Build projects and provides comprehensive construction management services for building projects in virtually every construction industry sector, including commercial/industrial, healthcare, military support, government, education, recreational and ecclesiastical.

K&S Associates, Inc. headquarters are at 516 Hanley Industrial Court St. Louis, Missouri 63144-1902. For more information, please call Paul D. Sharkey, CFM, Director of Pre-Construction Services & Facilities, K&S Associates, Inc., at 314.647.3535.

Media relations contact for K&S Associates: Jeff Dunlap at 314 993 6925.


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