Progress Continues at NIH Construction Sites
The first of four construction tower cranes is erected by another mobile crane (l)
at the site of the new Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center.
In the background, Bldg. 31A is at left while the Naval Medical
Center tower is on the right.
While a bulldozer works at right, a mechanical arm rips from
below at what remains of the old porte cochere that covered the
north entryway to the Clinical Center. At this juncture, more than
half the overhang had been demolished. The arm bashed carefully
at what remained while water doused the commotion to keep the
Progress in the Bldg. 11 Expansion Project continues as a mobile
crane moves materials on the site at the heart of campus, just
across the street from Bldg. 34. The four-phase project, which will
increase the existing chilled water plant capacity by 20,000 tons,
began in mid-August 1997 and is scheduled for completion in fall
2000. The project is part of ORS' Infrastructure Modernization
Program. Bldg. 11 will host new centrifugal water chillers,
cooling towers and pumping systems. ORS' goal is to "reconfigure
Bldg. 11 such that it does not look like a chilled water and steam
generating facility." Acoustical louvers on the south facade of the
building are expected to reduce cooling tower noise in the Bldg.
14 complex and neighboring communities. Follow progress on the
project via the Web site at http://des.od.nih/building_11/.
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