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Feedback: Concerning construction in “old” Bldg.
10: It’s been bad enough that they closed several
of the west end North corridor hallways, making
it difficult to get around, but now they are going
to close most of them for “reconstruction” work.
That, combined with the already closed South corridors,
is going to make it very hard for some us
to get around (like those of us who can’t easily do
stairs). I’ve also noticed that they seem to be in
the process of blocking access to the stairs near
the main elevators (C corridor). Isn’t this a fire
and safety hazard? I’m concerned that the people
who work in these parts of Bldg. 10 were not taken
into consideration when construction plans
were put in place.
Response from the Office of Research Services
and Office of Research Facilities: The corridor
closures and construction partitions are necessary
to ensure the safety of employees, patients and
visitors while a major renovation project is under
way in the F wing.
Access to the central solarium stairwell, occupied
office areas, solarium conference rooms used by
NCI, NIDDK and NIAID, along with the bathrooms,
will be maintained to the greatest extent
possible during construction. There is no intent
to close off active areas of the solarium during
The new doors and partitions being built in the
main elevator lobbies are necessary to provide
dust and pressurization control for areas under
construction in the F wing. They will not be closed
during normal daytime working hours.
In addition to closures on floors 2 through 5, the
9th floor North corridor will also be closed to
through traffic. The closure is necessary to proceed
with the complete demolition of these areas
followed by the installation of new laboratories
and utilities to service 10 institutes. Visitors will
be directed to use the 1st floor to travel between
the main elevator lobby and the D corridor, but
corridors on floors 6 through 8 and 10 through 13
will remain open as well.
The Division of the Fire Marshal, ORS, reviewed
and approved the plan for the entire F wing project
in accordance with NIH Policy Manual 1370 (Fire Protection and Life Safety Building Permit Process). Emergency egress routes have
been altered and appropriate signage will be provided. In addition, access to stairwell
7 in Bldg. 10 will be maintained. All emergency egress routes were carefully
reviewed to ensure that Life Safety Code compliance is maintained throughout the
duration of this project.
Feedback: What is going on with the old Bldg. 31B parking lot? We were told it
was to be a meadow-like area but it’s starting to look like a dump. The ground
is torn up with tire tracks, there is an old, rusty dumpster sitting out there and
sheets of plywood on the ground. When can we expect that area to be returned
to a more natural setting?
Response from ORS and ORF: The area in question is currently being used as a
“laydown” area for a project involving the installation of an automatic sprinkler
system for the Bldg. 31 complex. This laydown area was previously approved by
the ORF-ORS site selection review committee. Once the contractor completes
the installation work, it is required to remove its equipment and restore the area
to its previous state.
Feedback: When there is a big event on campus, why doesn’t the shuttle service
offer additional shuttles for pick-up/drop-off times on these days for people who
are off campus? For example, going to the CFC event, the shuttle was so packed
it seemed unsafe.
Response from ORS: The Division of Amenities and Transportation Services
has, in the past, provided extra shuttle service to events when the sponsors have
requested it. This extra shuttle service has normally been provided at no cost or a
reduced cost to the sponsor of the event.
Some recent examples include: Earth Day/Take Your Child to Work Day, Take a
Hike Day, “Big Think” Meeting, OD Honor Awards Ceremony and several retreats
and all-hands meetings and conferences for various ICs.
In the future, with the tight budget situation, it is uncertain whether we will
be able to provide additional no-cost or reduced-cost shuttles. However, event
coordinators can continue to hire additional shuttles or even coach buses for
events that require bringing large numbers of employees and/or visitors to the
For shuttle buses, you can contact Louise Davis at (301) 496-9621. For coach
buses, you can contact the NIH Motor Pool at (301) 496-3426.