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Vol. LXV, No. 7
March 29, 2013
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FAES Prepares to Open Academic Center, Consolidate Offices

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Dr. Edwin “Ted” Becker has overseen renovations for FAES in Bldg. 10.

Dr. Edwin “Ted” Becker has overseen renovations for FAES in Bldg. 10.

After a decade of planning, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences is getting ready this spring to cut the ribbon on the highest profile undertaking in FAESís 54-year history at NIH: a 20,000-square-foot renovation in the heart of Bldg. 10ís first and B1 floors that will encompass a bookstore and coffee bar, abundant classroom space, a large, skylighted terrace, new administrative offices, a faculty club/dining room and a graduate student lounge.

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The bulk of the renovation has taken place at the seam where the original Bldg. 10 meets the ACRF, or Ambulatory Care Research Facility, which was added in 1981. And much of the real estate it occupies became available when NIH added the Clinical Research Center in 2004. Thanks to the migration of both the pharmacy department and the nutrition department to the CRC, developable space became open.

The gateway to the renovation is along the first-floor corridor that links Bldg. 10’s South Lobby to the CRC atrium. Just steps outside of Masur Auditorium, the glass front of the new bookstore (promoted from obscure space on the B1 level) and coffee bar will beckon passersby, shopping mall-style, said Dr. Edwin “Ted” Becker, who has overseen the project from a virtually unassailable vantage: at NIH since 1955, he is both a former FAES president and a past director of the Office of Research Services, then the bricks-and-mortar experts on campus.
View of the new FAES coffee bar and bookstore, as seen from the main hallway on the first floor of Bldg. 10.

View of the new FAES coffee bar and bookstore, as seen from the main hallway on the first floor of Bldg. 10.

Behind the retail space lays a great open rectangle whose terrazzo floor will be illuminated by new skylights installed recently. This terrace occupies what used to be open space that extended more than two stories above a granite floor on the B1 level. “It will be big enough for poster sessions and receptions,” said Becker, “and can be used in conjunction with events going on in Lipsett Amphitheater and Masur Auditorium.”

Below the terrace is the academic center—8 classrooms fitted with A/V equipment and Internet connections (both Wi-Fi and LAN) and subdivide-able by partitions into smaller segments. By evening, these rooms will host FAES academic courses, most of which are taught by NIH faculty. By day, the classrooms will be available for NIH seminars and lectures.

“Our aim in all of this is to be as flexible as possible,” said Becker.
Stools and tables in the café accommodate visitors to the retail area.

Stools and tables in the café accommodate visitors to the retail area.

Photos: Bill and Ernie Branson

Two other renovations complete the FAES project, which the foundation funded via its insurance program (used by some 4,000 subscribers), tuition proceeds, bookstore sales and careful management of a financial reserve that has existed for decades.

In what used to be the CC pharmacy department along the north corridor of Bldg. 10’s first floor, new FAES administrative offices are being built, along with a lounge for the sole use of NIH’s approximately 400 graduate students; FAES will vacate its old office space in Bldg. 60.

And on the second floor of the ACRF, in what used to serve as the Clinical Center’s medical board room, will be a faculty club/dining room with seating for 40 and a modest caterer’s kitchen. That facility won’t open until later this summer, Becker said.
Abundant classroom space fills the B1 level of the FAES renovation, including the latest A/V equipment.

Abundant classroom space fills the B1 level of the FAES renovation, including the latest A/V equipment.

FAES will retain its Bio-Trac class teaching laboratory in Bldg. 60, probably for a few years, said Becker. FAES hopes to build a new, larger lab in space formerly occupied by the CC nutrition department. That space, on the B1 level of Bldg. 10, is currently part of extensive planned E-wing renovations to the building.

“This whole thing has been a cooperative project with NIH, from Dan [Wheeland, director of the Office of Research Facilities] on down,” said Becker. “The facilities people have been very good. It has taken a long time for things to get done, but they’re very thorough.”

Becker also credited NHLBI’s Dr. Robert Adelstein, chair of the FAES Academic Center committee since 2002, and many members of the FAES board for their vision and continuing support.

While NIH donated space for the project, FAES paid for construction and is overseeing the renovation. The builder is Gilbane Inc. and the project manager is McKissack & McKissack. All phases of the renovation, except the new teaching laboratory, will open in 2013, Becker said.


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