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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIV, No. 19
  September 14, 2012
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Behind the ‘Curtain Wall’
Porter II Construction Pressing Toward Finish Line

Porter II construction is proceeding apace, both inside and out.

Porter II construction is proceeding apace, both inside and out.

Casual onlookers will no longer be able to view new developments in the biggest construction project on campus. That’s because the second phase of Bldg. 35 (a.k.a. Porter Neuroscience Research Center II) is now behind its “curtain wall,” otherwise known in construction lingo as the envelope or closing.

“Most of the construction activities are now happening within the exterior walls of the building, and for the most part, can’t be seen from outside,” said Frank Kutlak, PNRC II project officer/architect, Office of Research Facilities.

There are five major phases of construction: excavation, structural systems, closing or envelope, mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) systems and finishes, he explained. Porter II is now deep into its MEP systems phase, during which the building’s utility, communications, security and elevator systems are being installed and tested.

NIGMS at 50: Investing in Discovery

What do the Rolling Stones, James Bond movies and NIGMS have in common? They all started in 1962 and are still going strong.

After a half-century of supporting basic, non-disease-targeted research and training, NIGMS is reflecting on the many ways it has increased understanding of fundamental biological processes and disease mechanisms. It is also looking to the future, as indicated by its anniversary theme: “investigate, innovate, inspire.”

NIGMS grantees focus on discovering how cells communicate with each other and their environment, how genes are regulated and how proteins accomplish their varied tasks in the body. This knowledge forms the foundation for new and better ways to improve health and treat or prevent disease.