EPA’s most productive lab gets 20-year facility lease, reduces footprint while maintaining analytical capabilities and jobs

The EPA Region 7 Science and Technology Center in Kansas City, Kansas employs more than 50 people and provides more than $4 million in environmental analysis annually.

EPA Region 7 hosted local leaders to celebrate the 20-year lease renewal of the Kansas City Science and Technology Center (KCSTC) in Kansas City, Kansas, on October 27, 2022. (Photo credit: US EPA)

LENEXA, CAN. (October 27, 2022) – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Kansas City Science and Technology Center (KCSTC) located at 300 Minnesota Ave. annual lease renewal at KCSTC.

The lease renewal reduces EPA’s footprint within the existing facility by nearly 25,000 square feet, saving taxpayers approximately S1.9 million in rent and utilities annually and preserving more than 50 jobs in the region.

“The Kansas City Science and Technology Center is invaluable to our environmental efforts and is EPA’s most productive laboratory,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Meg McCollister. “This lease extension will allow us to retain good-paying jobs, reduce our support footprint and annual facility costs, and preserve the original lab space so we can continue to provide high-quality customer service and trusted scientific results to the Heartland. the next 20 years.”

US Senator Jerry Moran (KS) joined the lease renewal campaign. “EPA’s science and technology laboratory is a source of high-quality jobs for the Kansas City and Wyandotte County communities,” Moran said. “Renewing this lease will ensure the continuation of the work being done at the lab to promote clean air and drinking water for Kansas communities while strengthening the Kansas City economy.”

EPA he works with the General Services Administration (GSA) to reduce the facility’s footprint by moving entirely to the former floor of a two-story building and reconfiguring cubicle spaces, while fully preserving the original laboratory space. GSA Public Buildings Region 6 Leasing Director Shellie Gill also joined the event.

The lab’s lease renewal highlights how GSA is taking advantage of this unique moment for the federal workplace by growing the services we offer and optimizing the federal footprint in partnership with our agency customers like EPA,” he said Gills.

KCSTC is accredited through International Standards Organization (ISO) 17025 for all analysis and holds EPA Drinking Water Certification for microbiological analysis. In fiscal year 2022, KCSTC analyzed more than 21,000 environmental samples. Together, these analyzes represent more than $4 million in state program support for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine tribal nations in the region.

Services include:

  • Water quality monitoring
  • Emerging Contaminant Testing for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Soil analysis for lead and bioavailable lead
  • Harmful algal bloom monitoring for states
  • Monitoring urban flows
  • Airborne Volatile Organic Analysis for Superfund Sites
  • Fish Tissue Testing for Mercury for States and Tribes

What are they saying

Members of Congress

“This is great news and ensures that Kansas will remain home to EPA’s most productive laboratory through 2043. Kansas City, Kansas will undoubtedly benefit from the good-paying jobs available in the community for the next 20 years.” – US Senator Roger Marshall (KS)

“The Kansas City Science and Technology Center not only helps protect our region and the country’s environment, but also employs local workers in the Kansas City area. I am pleased that this lab will continue its important work in our community and I commend their efforts to save taxpayer dollars.” – US Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-3)

Background

The Kansas City Science and Technology Center (KCSTC) is one of them 10 regional laboratories in EPA’s network of regional laboratories that provides field monitoring, analytical support, and data evaluation to support agency decisions and goals.

KCSTC opened in the spring of 2003 as a custom facility. It is built on a brownfields redevelopment site, meaning that the redevelopment of the land has been complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. The facility was built with sustainably sourced recycled materials to promote energy efficiency and water conservation, and was LEED® Gold for New Construction (Version 2.0) certified in August 2003.

KCSTC has a unique gray water reuse system that collects rainwater from the roof and condensate discharge from the air conditioner, and a reverse osmosis system that produces clean water for laboratory experiments. Gray water is used to flush toilets and as cooling tower make-up water.

Read more about it EPA Sustainable Construction Project.

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