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Publications iconKansas Register

Volume 41 - Issue 46 - November 17, 2022

State of Kansas

Department of Administration
Office of Facilities and Property Management

Notice of Requested Architectural and Engineering Services

Notice is hereby given of the commencement of the selection process for architectural and engineering services for Kansas State University’s Agronomy Research and Innovation Center. The new Agronomy Research and Innovation Center is being developed in partnership with the KSU Foundation and will be a focal point of the new Ag Innovation Hub as part of the Edge Collaboration District. The ~59,370 square foot facility will replace the existing Farm Research Center and provide modern facilities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration to accelerate agronomy and agricultural systems research innovation capabilities for the College of Agriculture and the university, a focus of K-State’s Pillar 3 economic prosperity initiative.

The Center will provide state-of-the-art field and applied research facilities and serve as the new public face and front door to the Agronomy North Farm. The Center is a keystone in the College of Agriculture’s and Department of Agronomy’s vision to strengthen and diversify agribusiness in Kansas and around the globe and will be a demonstration site for public/private research partnerships focused on best practices in sustainable/regenerative agriculture, crop production innovation, technology development and training, and conservation and protection of the land. The Center is envisioned as a two-wing, single story slab-on-grade pre-engineered metal building similar in quality and appearance to recently completed Agronomy Education Center.

The ~33,630 square foot Research Wing of the building will be comprised of 30 ~800 square foot field research program workspaces, a central receiving and storage area and shared research support workspaces including: sample drying, plant/soil grinding, plant threshing and seed processing, and walk-in cold room and freezers for long term seed and germplasm storage. The research wing workspaces will be heated and cooled and provided with direct access to outdoor work areas. Special building systems include dust collection in dirty sample processing areas and compressed air for research equipment operations and cleaning.

The ~14,530 square foot Innovation Wing of the building will present a public face to the Ag Innovation Hub and serve as the new front door to the Agronomy North Farm. It will complement the existing Ag Education Center directly to the east and provide adaptable research innovation labs including wet labs, “dry” computational labs, a digital ag center, the farm operations office and collaborative team meeting and office space to support interdisciplinary research innovation and industry partnerships.

The project will incorporate sustainable design features making it a demonstration facility for best practices in energy conservation and environmental stewardship. Areas of sustainable design emphasis will include, indoor environmental quality, daylighting, energy efficient mechanical systems, sustainable materials and construction waste management, access to public transportation, accommodation of green vehicles, open space and light pollution reduction, optimizing energy performance including potential for sustainable energy production and indoor and outdoor water use reduction.

The project scope also includes construction of a new 8,000 square foot Research Equipment Storage Building to support overall farm operations and installation of 12 new bulk grain storage bins (Meridian 1412SM SeedMax Hopper or equivalent) to support the Department’s Foundation Seed operation. The new Research Equipment Storage Building will replace the existing aging Research Equipment Storage Building which lacks the clearances needed for storage of today’s larger combines, tractors, and equipment.

The project construction budget is $25,000,000.

An architectural/engineering program is available at For more information contact Ben Perry at 785-532-0379 or

To be considered, one (1) PDF file of the following should be provided: State of Kansas Professional Qualifications DCC Forms 051-054, inclusive, and information regarding similar projects. These forms may be found at State of Kansas Professional Qualifications DCC Form 050 for each firm and consultant should be provided at the end of each proposal. Please include your firm name, agency abbreviation, and an abbreviated project name in the title of the PDF document. Proposals should be less than 5 Mb and follow the current State Building Advisory Commission guidelines which can be found in Part B – Chapter 2 of the Building Design and Construction Manual at Paper copies and flash drives containing copies of the proposals are not required.

Proposals should be sent to Proposals received after the date and time noted below will not be forwarded to the State Building Advisory Commission for review. If you have questions, call 785-296-0749. The PDF proposal submissions shall be delivered to the attention of the State Building Advisory Commission by 2:00 p.m. on or before December 2, 2022.

The State of Kansas, as a matter of public policy, encourages anyone doing business with the State of Kansas to take steps to discourage human trafficking. If prospective bidders/vendors/contractors have any policies or participate in any initiatives that discourage human trafficking, then the prospective bidder/vendor/contractor is encouraged to submit same as part of their bid response.

Frank Burnam, Director
Office of Facilities and Property Management

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