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Vol. LXVI, No. 21
October 10, 2014

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Have a question about some aspect of working at NIH? You can post anonymous queries at (click on the Feedback icon) and we’ll try to provide answers.

Feedback: Is there someplace where we can get updates on the F-wing project? It seems to be terribly behind schedule. We’ve had postdocs come and go during the construction—meaning that this project has gone on too long. And then there’s a rumor that the closed off N-corridors will never re-open, leaving the Bldg. 10 west-end residents permanently orphaned from the rest of Bldg. 10.

Response from the Office of Research Facilities: The F-wing renovation project is a 5-year, 2-phase project that was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Phase A (floors 2-5) is behind schedule. At this time, these floors are not due to reopen until early 2015. The remaining upper floors of Phase B (floors 6-13) are actively under construction with planned completion in late summer 2015. As the floors are completed, the north corridors will reopen for access between the east and west sides of Bldg. 10.

Feedback: I park in MLP-8 almost every day and while the spaces are a tight fit, I usually get in and out without issue. Some days, however, the cars next to me are parked so terribly (over the line, diagonal, etc.) that I cannot open my driver’s side door at all and I have to climb in over my passenger’s seat. The other day both cars next to me were terribly parked and I could barely open my passenger door—meaning I could barely get in my car. In the event both cars next to me block any chance of getting to the driver’s seat, what can I do? Am I supposed to wait for one of them to leave? Should I contact Colonial Parking or NIH Police? Could the car get towed? I do not want to be delayed getting home because other drivers cannot be bothered to park correctly and considerately!

Response from the Office of Research Services: This is a wonderful opportunity to remind our fellow NIH staff to be considerate and courteous when parking their vehicles. Your frustration is natural and hopefully people will read this and understand the impact their actions have on their fellow co-workers.

The NIH Police can be contacted if you are unable to enter your vehicle due to cars being too close, in multiple spaces, double parked or parked over the lines. You can reach them at (301) 496-5685 and they can determine the best method of resolving the issue.

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