Work on Bldg. 10 'South Entry' To Begin in August
Next month, NIH will enter the first phase of construction on the
new Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center (CRC) with
creation of a new main entrance for the current hospital. Because
the CRC will occupy part of what is now Center Drive, a "South
Entry" to the current building will be constructed, giving the hospital
and clinic a new, temporary "front door." The South Entry will be
located at what now serves as the rear of the hospital, near the NIH
Library and Masur Auditorium.
Architect's model of the new South Entry to Bldg. 10,
construction on which is scheduled to begin this summer
Vehicle access to this "entry" will be one way with the entrance
from the intersection of South Drive and West Service Drive and
exit via the service road fronting Bldg. 29. The exit roadway will
run through what is now parking lot 10H. Plans call for a three-lane
canopied drop-off area and one additional lane for emergency
vehicles. This new entry will be complete with a lobby that offers
security and information centers and two large seating areas.
Architect's rendering of the new South Entry
Construction will begin in August and be completed in May 1998.
As far as exterior changes, NIH employees will be affected only
slightly by this construction:
- Pedestrian traffic to Masur Auditorium from South Campus
will be interrupted until the new entrance is completed.
However, employees may still use the B1 cafeteria entrance,
the stair tower at the west end of Bldg. 10 near the
department of transfusion medicine, and the entrance through
the MRI wing. With the exception of some temporary
sidewalks around the construction area, no other exterior
pedestrian impact is anticipated.
- Vehicle traffic patterns are not expected to be affected by this
construction. Movement of construction equipment/vehicles to
this project and the Bldg. 50 project nearby may sporadically
cause short delays during nonrush hours.
- The exit road for the new entry will take a portion of parking
lot 10H. In an effort to keep the current number of parking
spaces, the lot will be resurfaced, restriped and reconfigured.
Employees currently using lot 10H will experience some minor
phased decommissioning of parking spaces.
Clinical Center employees, visitors, and patients will see various
renovation-type construction on interior corridors to allow the new
south entrance to link more directly to the ACRF and other major
components of the CC.
- Extending and enclosing the existing corridor west of Masur
Auditorium and adjacent to the library.
- Adding a new enclosed corridor along the east wall of Masur
to handle patient and visitor traffic.
- Upgrading and relocating existing mechanical systems for the
library, Masur, and portions of the Medical Arts and
Photography Branch, which is located on B2. These systems,
now located on B1 under the auditorium's stage, will move to
the top of the new entry.
- Provide direct access from the new lobby to B1.
During the 9-to-10 month construction period, NIH'ers can expect
noise, vibrations, dust and general construction disturbance.
However, construction will be coordinated around the Masur and
library schedules, with some work scheduled during off hours. All
procedures for power shutdowns and noise abatement will be
The way we were: Currently the back entrance to Bldg. 10,
this area will be redesigned as a temporary "South Entry" until the
new Clinical Research Center is completed. The architects have
pledged to save almost all of the trees that give the grounds their
This view of the Clinical Center from parking lot 10H is slated to
change in phases, with the resurfacing and reconfiguring of
parking spaces beginning early next month.
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