Campus Construction Projects Advance
as Spring 2004 Blooms
Photos by Ernie Branson
|That's the C wing of
Bldg. 31 at left, and the new Multilevel Parking Garage-10 associated
with Bldg. 33 at center, while in the foreground is the foundation
work for Bldg. 33 itself. The rocky subsurface of the Bldg. 33 site
had to be loosened with explosives earlier in the project. Cranes
at the crater's north and south ends announce future progress upwards.
Bldg. 33 is projected to be complete by December 2005, according
to the Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations
|At right is the Multilevel
Parking Garage-10 near Bldg. 33, as seen from the vicinity of
Cedar Lane. Although the project has a finished look from the
outside, much interior work remains to be done before the facility
opens in August 2004 with space for some 1,230 vehicles.
left is the new pull-out along Cedar Lane near Rockville Pike
where employees can be dropped off in the "kiss and ride"
lane. Pedestrian access through the fence is also available here.
MLP-10 is in the background.
| This is the year the
broad and capacious new Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center
opens. This spring, landscapers are at work on the front of the
facility, planting trees, bushes and shrubs that will adorn its
main entrance. A series of staircases ascend from Center Dr. to
the main entry. Construction work can still be seen on the overhang
at the front door, that will shelter vehicles as they approach
the new hospital.
| The Edmond Safra
Family Lodge is due to open at the end of July 2004. An architectural
cousin to the Cloister Bldg., on whose front lawn it sits, the lodge
will be home to adults being treated at the Clinical Research Center
(visible at right rear) and their relatives.
| The John Edward
Porter Neuroscience Research Center (above) is a two-phase project.
Phase 1 is due to be complete around June 15, 2004. The facility will
house neuroscientists from multiple NIH institutes. And yes, window
washing will be a significant part of building maintenance for years
stone terraces will be a feature of the new main entrance to NIH
near the Medical Center Metro, along Rockville Pike at Center
Drive. This project, which will also incorporate a Visitor's Center,
won't be finished until December 2005, according to ORFDO.
|The new NIH fire
house, Bldg. 51, was recently completed, allowing the NIH Fire Department
to relocate to spacious new quarters after many years of inhabiting
Bldg. 12. The large bays seen here accommodate the department's vehicles,
and the wing at rear provides sleeping and dining space for the fire
new wing added to the Children's Inn at NIH has recently been
finished and employees were moving in during late March, said
Laura King, director of volunteers at the facility. Families and
patients are expected to start staying there in early May, King
said. The addition brings inn capacity to 55 families from a former
total of 36.
|This hole in the ground
is the foundation for the new Multilevel Parking Garage-9. Seen
from one of the upper windows of Bldg. 49, this site lies adjacent
to the Clinical Center's old surgery wing and Blood Bank. That's
Convent Drive along the photo's left margin. The garage, which
will hold 978 vehicles, is expected to be finished by mid-February
||At left is
another view of MLP-9, this time seen from the CC Blood Bank vicinity,
with Bldg. 49 in the background, as well as Bldg. 40, the Vaccine
Research Center (behind the crane at right). The site used to be
a paved parking lot.
stream that traverses the valley between Bldgs. 1 and 21 was the
site of major bank restoration this past fall and winter. Although
lab buildings can be seen in the background in this photo, the site
will soon be filled in by foliage, returning it to a more natural
look. This will be a good place to witness the emergence of brood
X cicadas (sometimes called 17-year locusts) when the weather warms
up in spring.
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