BE&K’s Building Group of Raleigh, N.C., was awarded a $19-million contract by Alexandria Real Estate Equities for the construction of Medicago’s new 90,000-sq-ft vaccine research and production facility and greenhouse in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

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Medicago’s plant-based commercial-grade vaccines facility will include an automated greenhouse, laboratory, production facility and office space. The project is scheduled for completion in July.

The project has received federal funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to improve the process of producing large quantities of H1N1 vaccine.