Large-Scale Construction Continues on Campus
Several large-scale construction projects on the Bethesda campus have surged forward in recent weeks. Excavation continues at both sites of the Assure/Expand Chilled Water Capacity project.
In the southeast quadrant, a large section of parking lot 41 is fenced in, off limits to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. That’s the future home of a 5-million-gallon water tank—an industrial water system—being built to help NIH’s Central Utility Plant in an emergency power shutdown. [For details, see https://nihrecord.nih.gov/2016/03/11/construction-begins-water-thermal-storage-systems] Campus shuttle buses now operate on a modified route through the area.
In the center of campus, where Lincoln Dr., Convent Dr. and Service Rd. West meet, the shell of Bldg. 34 has gradually disappeared, replaced by a sizable hole where the second and larger of two new water towers—a thermal energy storage system—will be erected.
Both towers are looking at October 2017 completion estimates.