NIH MP Bethesda_wider

Delta was the prime contractor for the development of twenty-year Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statements for the National Institutes of Health’s 310-acre main campus in Bethesda, MD and its 513-acre Animal Center in Poolesville, MD.

Delta developed a programming strategy that entailed working with the NIH’s 24 Institutes, Centers and Divisions to confirm their missions, identify programs required to achieve these missions, and estimate the personnel needed, in 5 year increments, to staff these programs. Through existing facilities assessments, Delta derived unit area standards which, applied to personnel estimates, established gross area requirements and the schedule for implementation.

Based on program objectives, the implementation plan integrates new construction with existing buildings, provides for campus growth from 16,000 to over 18,000 personnel and from 7,000,000 to 10,000,000 square feet of space, and it synthesizes these needs with quality of life objectives for the NIH community.

Since its completion and approval, major construction has been undertaken in accordance with the Master Plan including a major addition to the Warren Grant Magnuson Hospital and Clinical Research Center and a new consolidated lab building.

The Master Plan received the 1996 Outstanding Merit Award from the National Capital Area Chapter and the 1996 Professional Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association. The NIH has again selected Delta for the year 2003 update of the Bethesda Campus Master Plan.


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