Federal and local officials wielded shovels recently to signal the start of construction of a new National Institutes of Health-leased facility in the emerging, transit-friendly Twinbrook neighborhood of Montgomery County, Md.
James G. Davis Construction Corporation (DAVIS) and the JBG Companies are building a new home for 2,000 employees of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
The new building, designed by Washington architect HOK, will be located at 5601 Fishers Lane in Twinbrook and will complement existing bioscience facilities nearby, which includes NIAID’s 150,000 square feet of laboratories already in the neighborhood.
The new offices will total 490,998 square feet in a 10-story building with two wings of 25,000 square feet each. The installation will feature an atrium entry lobby, a precast and glass exterior and will be certified LEED Silver. There is also a 5-story, concrete parking garage located adjacent to the building. NIAID signed a 15-year lease for its new quarters, which are expected to be completed in 2014.
In conjunction with this development, a new hiker/biker path will be constructed, which will connect the Twinbrook Metro Station to the wide network of trails in Rock Creek Park and beyond. BD+C