The Rocky Mountain Laboratories Master Plan

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Delta completed a risk assessment and security Master Plan for the National Institute Health’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) located in Hamilton, Montana.

Delta was then asked by the NIH to prepare a master plan for RML’s continuing development. The site is a 33-acre campus that houses the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the site of a new research building containing Bio Safety Level 3 and 4 containment facilities.

Delta’s responsibilities included:

  • Interviewing NIAID personnel at Bethesda and Hamilton
  • Establishing planning objectives
  • Assessing existing site and building conditions
  • Determining regulatory and community processes
  • Preparing and presenting master plan alternatives and phased implementation strategies
  • Coordinating master planning with traffic and parking, landscape, civil engineering, HVAC/utilities and environmental consultants
  • Preparing draft and final master plans
  • Assisting NIAID in public and agency reviews

After developing a Personnel and Space Program projecting the requirements for the next 20 years, a Master Programming document was developed. Several planning options were explored, including both the maximum development potential for the site and minimal expansion based on near term priority requirements.

In addition to preparing a master plan to accommodate projected requirements over the next 20 years, Delta determined the potential campus capacity with respect to balanced research laboratory, vivarium, and support facilities. The result was a strategy for growth that fit the specific needs of the research community.

Animal Research Center and South Quad Implementation Study, Bethesda Campus

Delta prepared a concept study for the redevelopment of the South Quad on the National Institutes of Health main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The existing complex of eleven single-story buildings was scheduled to be replaced with a multi-story four-building complex including 650,000 sf of new laboratory space and 300,000 sf of new animal space, as well as a 1,000 car parking garage, as anticipated by the 1995 Master Plan. The options included phased construction to allow for continued operations in the existing facilities and the possibility of interrupted funding. The study also included plans for expanding the existing campus utility tunnels through the complex. Four options were presented in the study, including construction schedules and cost estimates for each, as well as anticipated coordination with other campus projects.

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