The NIH leased office building at 6100 Executive Blvd. in Rockville has reopened after a structural problem at the building on May 16 temporarily closed the facility. Water damage to a structural column caused the building to shift slightly on the morning of May 16. No one was injured, but Montgomery County closed the building for several weeks.
“The safety of NIH staff has been and will remain of paramount importance,” said Brad Moss, spokesman for the Office of Research Facilities, just prior to the building’s re-occupation. “The remediation of the building is being accomplished under the direct supervision of the owner’s structural engineer, with oversight by the Montgomery County department of permitting services as well as an independent structural consultant engaged by NIH.”
ORF held an all-hands session July 1 in Natcher Conference Center for tenants of 6100, who were invited to ask questions or raise concerns about the safety of the building. Montgomery County removed its unsafe notice from the building on Monday, July 7 and re-occupancy began on Tuesday, July 8 for employees from OD, the Clinical Center and NICHD.