FDA Lenexa Laboratory


Lenexa, KS


U.S. General Services Administration


Architecture Laboratory Planning


Federal, Health, Research / Laboratories

Project Overview:

NKB provided Third-Party Design Period Peer Review and Construction Period Quality Assurance for the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Lenexa Laboratory project, as designed by AE of Record HKS Architects. Enlisted as a Subject Matter Expert for the FDA, NKB’s deep knowledge of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design Requirements Manual (DRM) allows us to assist the FDA in reviewing and crafting the technical and operational requirements, which guides the actual design and construction of a project.

The FDA Lenexa Laboratory Project entailed converting an office and warehouse building into a state-of-the-art, 59,690 SF, FDA office and laboratory. The laboratory spaces include a specialty clean room suite with polypropylene casework and fan filters in the cleanable ceilings to test for trace metals in products, a mycotoxins area tests for toxic fungus, and a sample kitchen featuring prep areas where food is cooked and tested for contaminants. An additional set of labs tests products for pesticides. This facility also examines dietary supplements to check for active pharmaceutical ingredients or APIs and is the national servicing center for FDA’s Total Diet Study, an ongoing surveillance program that monitors nutrients and contaminants in the average U.S. diet.

NKB’s technical review of the Architect/Engineer of Record’s documents and the Constructor’s work product was part of a successful collaboration that ensured this state-of-the-art facility would serve the FDA and its mission for years to come.

Project Fact:

We provided design reviews, quality assurance services, and commissioning oversight to the FDA throughout this project.

Project Tags:

Architecture, Design, Commissioning, Third-Party Design Review, Quality Assurance, Food & Drug Administration, FDA, Laboratory Planning, Clean Room, Technical Review