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Vol. LVIII, No. 25
December 15, 2006
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New Facility To Inspect All Commercial Vehicles Entering Campus

  The Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility is expected to open this winter.  
  The Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility is expected to open this winter.  

“Keep on trucking” may be prudent advice, but as of late winter, any commercial trucker hauling his or her wares onto the NIH campus will need to make a pit stop at the new Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVI) facility before entering. All such drivers and their vehicles (including UPS trucks) will take the brief hiatus so that NIH security can provide a thorough safety check at the site—formerly an employee parking lot—located opposite the north entrance to the National Naval Medical Center off of Rockville Pike.

NIH police will use cameras, mirrors, televisions and highly trained bomb- and explosive-sniffing dogs to provide an elevated level of security for employees, an action spurred by the 9/11 terrorism incident.
Dr. Barbara Bryant of the Clinical Center’s department of transfusion medicine is conducting
A canopy covers 11,000 square feet of inspection space at the new CVI.

The 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure, a $7.5 million enterprise, will consist of two components—an operational area and a support building. The former will be outside the NIH security perimeter. It will have 4 inspection lanes and one pull-off lane. A canopy covers more than 11,000 square feet of the operation area.
Dr. Barbara Bryant of the Clinical Center’s department of transfusion medicine is conducting
The interior includes some office space and kennels for K-9 corps members.

The support building, with 6,640 square feet, will contain a reception area, offices, phones, personnel facilities and a K-9 area with a kennel. Drivers will be allowed to enter the building to use phones or merely to stretch or take a break. Meanwhile, NIH security will monitor the inspection on a closed-circuit television screen.

“You can be sure that this inspection will be very thorough. Commercial vehicles will be carefully looked at from top to bottom using cameras both above and underneath each vehicle,” noted Dexroy Chisim, an architect and the CVI project officer in the Office of Research Facilities. He added that dogs will sniff the interiors of the vehicles to check for explosives or other dangers.

Currently, trucks are scrutinized at a check-in point west of the Clinical Research Center, off Old Georgetown Rd. However, this temporary measure will be replaced by the CVI in coming weeks, “a major step up,” said Chisim.

The project also includes a new bridge crossing the creek from the CVI facility, allowing vehicles access to the interior of the campus once cleared.— NIHRecord Icon

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