Kansas State University - Olathe, also known as the National Animal Health and Food Safety Institute, is a unique collaboration between business, the university, the City of Olathe, and the community. 

This was the first building in a planned 38-acre campus education and research triangle. Henderson Engineers provided the mechanical, plumbing and electrical design services, and consulted on the project’s LEED Silver certification. 

We designed the building mechanical systems with an efficient central chilled water system and variable pumping and incorporated a central boiler plant that used high-efficiency condensing boilers for the building’s hot water heaters. On the roof, modular handlers were used to supply the building’s heating, cooling and ventilation.

Henderson used high-induction and high-plume exhaust fans in labs and animal areas. Labs were furnished with hard piped specialty gases and vacuums, dedicated work rooms, and specialty gas manifolds. A central glassware wash and sterilization suite was included, along with a cold room for research that’s temperature and humidity sensitive.

Our team values the opportunity to be part of this first building in the education and research triangle. We can’t wait to see the discoveries and new products uncovered that will benefit the world’s food supply.


Olathe, KS

Project Size

Approx. 100,000 SF


Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing


LEED Silver Certified


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