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Supporting NIH priorities with a comprehensive facilities program

Architecture, engineering, and construction contracting; real property purchase and lease activities.

Constructing and renovating NIH space

Environmental Protection
Protecting human health and the NIH environment

Planning & Space Management
Planning for future development of NIH

Division of Technical Resources
Setting worldwide standards for biomedical facilities

Project Resources
Project-related materials developed by ICs for sharing.

Property Management
Maintaining and operating NIH space nationwide


News Features

  • Awards and Recognition  
  • 2011 HHS Sustainability Plan External website link
  • NIH Earth Day Celebration, "Plant a Seed, Grow a Healthy Future”
  • New traffic.NIH.gov - Roadwork/Traffic Improvement Projects at or near NIH, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), Map Your Route To & From Work, Commuting Resources, Construction News updates, Upcoming Projects, State and County Road Improvements
  • Division of Technical Resources (DTR) is International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certified.  Certification elevates the reputation of the DTR to world class status in service quality.  This status requires the continued dedication to excellence by every staff member.
    ISO 9001:2008 pertains to an organization’s Quality Management System (QSM).  It is designed to help organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders. For the DTR, these services include design review of NIH projects, training of ORF staff to maintain professional expertise in state-of-the-art technologies, and in-house design.   DTR is committed to applying sound engineering and architecture to provide quality facilities in support of NIH.   This certification will provide immeasurable visibility and credibility to the work performed by the Division of Technical Resources.
      International Standards Organization 9001:2008
  • IACET Authorized Provider 
  • 2012 International Conference on Sustainable Laboratories: Choosing the Right Equipment,  December 13-14, 2012 Dr. Ruth Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Building NIH Main Campus Bethesda, MD
  • Lessons Learned for BSL-2/ABSL-2 and BSL-3/ABSL-3 Facilites (from Conference August 1-2, 2011)


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This page was last updated on Jun 04, 2014