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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
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
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.
|Builders work on exterior corner of a nearly
complete Bldg. 33. Construction of the interior is also shaping
"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.,
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
|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
||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 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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