Opening Symposium Set
Research Center Phase II Nears Completion
Photos: Frank Kutlak
Construction on the second and final phase of the John Porter Neuroscience Research Center—PNRC II—is nearing completion. A special neuroscience conference and building dedication are being planned for October. Occupancy begins in November.
Begun in fall 2010, the new building will house about 650 scientists from 9 institutes and centers, including NINDS, NIMH, NICHD, NEI, NIDCR, NIDCD, NIA, NCCAM and NIBIB. Construction was made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Composed of five floors—basement, ground, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors with interstitial levels—PNRC II consists of 370,000 gross square feet. The building features several energy-efficient and sustainable design elements, including photovoltaic roof panels and geothermal (groundwater) source heat pumps.
Phase 2 expands the vivarium facility currently operating in phase 1, and provides behavioral, tissue culture and electrophysiology laboratories as well as such lab-support space as break rooms, meeting rooms, offices and lockers.
Phase 2 will also contain an imaging suite, seminar rooms, conference rooms and a coffee shop.
|Above, PNRC II is about 2 months away from its dedication; below at right, the newly restored Lincoln Dr. crosswalk leads to the building’s south entrance; below at left, one of the building’s “green” features—geothermal wells are being connected to a valve box in the west yard and piped into the building.
Above left shows the architect’s rendering of the PNRC II atrium; at right, art is realized. Below more interior images show (from l) the building’s typical lab workstations and views of the expanded vivarium.