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Vol. LXV, No. 7
March 29, 2013

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Feedback: This concerns the northeast corner of campus (W. Cedar Lane and Rockville Pike). Construction work was done in the wilderness area and then it stopped a couple of months ago, but there are still construction items left and there has been no attempt to return the natural area to its original state—no replanting of grass, shrubs, trees, etc. that were destroyed during the construction. And what is being done about the new turn lane for the CVIF? Nothing has been done with it in at least a couple of months either.

Response from the Office of Research Facilities: This is a State Highway Administration (SHA) project and is part of their overall intersection improvements at Rockville Pike and West Cedar Lane. The primary purpose of the first phase of work, still in progress, is relocation of utilities. There are no plantings or restoration of the “wilderness area” planned because once utility work is complete, the next step involves substantial intersection improvements. The area has been stabilized to prevent erosion, but eventually most of the area will be cleared and excavated for new stormwater management infrastructure.

The new lane referenced for the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility is not an actual turn lane for the CVIF, but rather is part of a new right-hand lane for Rockville Pike that extends from the corner of West Cedar Lane to Wilson Drive as part of the overall SHA intersection improvements.

Feedback: Could those of us affected by the F-wing project in Bldg. 10 get updates? It would be nice to know how things are progressing and when certain floors will be re-opened or closed. An occasional update with time-lines would be nice.

Response from ORF: Phase A of the F-wing project for Bldg. 10 is progressing toward occupancy in late summer 2013. At that time, floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be reopened. Over the next 2 years, under phase B, the project will proceed with work on the upper floors, 6-13, with a projected occupancy in spring 2015. The north corridors of these upper floors will be closed and occupants of those areas will be relocated. An executive steering committee, with IC representatives, meets regularly to review progress. For more information, contact Wayne Appenzellar at or (301) 451-2004.

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