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Vol. LVII, No. 14
July 15, 2005

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To Welcome Workforce in Spring 2006
Bldg. 33, Close to Completion, Gets Formal Name

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Construction of Bldg. 33 is nearly 85 percent finished and should be substantially complete by year’s end, according to Kyung Kim, project officer, Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations. Occupants are expected to begin moving in during spring 2006.

Located at the corner of Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane, the new facility was in January formally named the "C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases," in honor of the U.S. congressman from Florida currently serving his 18th term in the House of Representatives. A longtime promoter of health issues and supporter of medical research, Young founded the national registry for bone marrow donors, chair-ed the House committee on appropriations for 6 years, led the subcommittee on defense twice and was vice chair of the health appropriations subcommittee for 8 years.


The Young Bldg. is the first NIH facility devoted exclusively to biodefense research and studies of new or re-emerging infectious diseases. Scientists working at the National Institute of Allergy
Builders work on exterior corner of a nearly complete Bldg. 33. Construction of the interior is also shaping up.  
and Infectious Diseases, the lead institute in NIH's implementation of the President's initiative to develop counter-bioterrorism measures, will occupy the new facility.

"Scheduled to move in are research programs on influenza, dengue, West Nile virus and drug-resistant tuberculosis," among others, said Dr. Kathryn Zoon, acting director of NIAID's Division of Intramural Research. "Our staffing plan is currently under review, so we'll be able to confirm other research programs when the review is complete." Initially, scientists will be relocating from labs in the Twinbrook rental facility as well as other buildings on the main campus. Also, NIAID will be recruiting new personnel for additional programs.

The main entrance of the Young Bldg.,
as seen from the future plaza
A rear view of Bldg. 33
Outside Bldg. 31B, the new permanent access road to MLP-10 is being built parallel to the road in use currently. View of a corridor leading to the vivarium suite. All surfaces are coated in epoxy. Walls are constructed of CMU (concrete masonry unit) block.

"The sequence of moves will be floor by floor for a total of four floors," explained Judy Quasney, an NIAID architect. "Existing programs moving into the facility will be scheduled such that disruption to ongoing experiments is minimized. Programs with new recruits will move in depending upon the arrival of the new staff. The NIAID expects the building to be fully staffed by the end of 2006." Approximately 250 people will work in the building at full capacity.

Recently installed metal stairs at lobby area: “[This view] also shows the great amount of light that comes into the building,” notes Kyung Kim, project officer. “The windows shown are blast-resistant glass.” This corridor shows BSL-3 labs on the left side and BSL-2 on the right. Throughout the building, BSL-3 space is located in the core, with BSL-2 space on each flank.
Pressure service floor zone control valving stations are located on “interstitial” (a floor between floors) floors. Each station is dedicated to one lab and controls lab cold and hot water, domestic cold water, deionized water, lab vacuum, carbon dioxide and high pressure compressed air. A typical interstitial level — all heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical equipment is located on these in-between floors, which serve the labs below them. Maintenance can take place without disturbing the lab.

The 150,000-gross-square-foot lab building and adjacent plaza/courtyard are the last segments of construction for the multi-phase Bldg. 33 complex that was begun in November 2003. Other parts of the complex — a massive underground storm water management system and 1,250-space, multi-level parking garage (MLP-10) — were completed in 2004.

In addition to work on the interior of the new building, construction crews are also currently paving an extension of North Drive that will connect with East Drive and offer vehicular access to MLP-10, once East Drive reopens. East Drive has been closed to campus traffic since shortly before construction of the new building began. The MLP-10 entrance currently in use on North Drive will be removed. The surface parking lot 31B will be repaved for just two rows of spaces, with the remainder of the area landscaped as a "green" buffer zone to Cedar Lane.

The BSL laboratories (BSL-3 on the left and BSL-2 on the right) look a lot alike at this stage of construction. The BSL-2 space shows casework and covered epoxy counter tops. Shelving is adjustable. Casework installation continues on first and second floors.
The HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter up close Typical view of interstitial ductwork coming off of HEPA-filter station

The former surface parking lot 31C, which is now being used as a construction "lay-down" area complete with a mock-up biosafety level-3 lab, will also be redesigned as green space. A pedestrian crosswalk from MLP-10 across North Drive will lead to the new plaza/courtyard and offer access to the Young Bldg. as well as Bldg. 31.

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