|On hand at the groundbreaking were (from l) Elaine Amir, executive director of Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County, Julia Hudson of the GSA National Capital Region, Montgomery County Council President Nancy Floreen, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus, Sen. Benjamin Cardin and JHU President Ronald Daniels.
The Sept. 1 groundbreaking ceremony for NCI’s future satellite campus and buildings in Shady Grove drew a large crowd and featured remarks by NCI director
Dr. Harold Varmus, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin,
The buildings are scheduled to open in 2013 and will house nearly 2,100 staff from many of NCI’s divisions, offices and centers. The campus will allow for anticipated growth in NCI’s programs and personnel.
“We’ll be bringing staff from four different locations into one consolidated
space,” said Varmus, who biked to the event. “We’re going to have environmentally
friendly facilities, with accommodations for bike commuters like me.”
He thanked NCI employees who have worked with the developers
and architects to design the new campus.
“Their hard work in helping the planning process is very beneficial
to accomplishing our mission,” he said.