NIAID Rocky Mountain Labs To Get Comparative Medicine Center
NIH will construct a Comparative Medicine Center at its Rocky Mountain Laboratories facilities in Montana. The new building previously known as “Bldg. B” during the planning phase, will alleviate stress on other buildings for NIAID, as facilities now do not have adequate animal holding space. Current accommodations limit research that scientists are conducting on the RML campus.
The new building will allow NIAID to expand its research response to future infectious disease outbreaks. Funding for the new construction was made available through the CARES Act, which enables increases in Covid-19 research capabilities. The new structure will replace RML’s Armco I and II Bldgs., which were constructed in the 1960s. The Office of Research Facilities hopes to award a construction contract as early as this fall. The new center is estimated to be completed by spring 2024.