US Food & Drug Administration, Lenexa

Project Features


Easterly Government Properties Inc.


HKS Architects


Lenexa, KS

Building Area

60,000 sf

The FDA Lenexa Laboratory is a relocation of the current Kansas City District Laboratory and features a number of upgraded capabilities for the FDA to conduct its mission. The 40% increase over the existing location will be a new state of the art laboratory that will service Total Diet and Pesticides Research Center (TDPRC), Pesticides analysis, Chemotherapeutics / LC-MS Poison screening, Mycotoxins analysis, Drugs and Dietary Supplements analysis, Dioxins analysis, Metals / Elemental Specialization analysis, and Laboratory Administration.

The project encompasses a renovation and expansion of an existing 35,000 SF building to approximately 60,000 SF. The improvements include a new mechanical room structure, a rooftop equipment penthouse, rooftop equipment screening, additional parking and site improvements, and research and industrial labs inside the building. This is a full-service laboratory with functions that include testing of foods, feeds, dietary supplements, pesticides, and industrial chemicals. The interior space also includes laboratory support areas, hazardous materials storage space, approximately 5,000 SF of clean room area, and office areas. The user requirements for this facility include emergency backup power, by way of emergency generators, fully redundant HVAC systems, high-purity medical gas systems, and a loading dock space for receiving deliveries. Special systems include closed circuit television, access control throughout the building, and a high-end building management and automation system.