Rendering of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center Phase II, North view Construction
Dedicated on March 31, 2014, Phase II of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center [PNRC II] is the second part of a previously planned 600,000 gross square feet biomedical research facility located along the western campus edge of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The first part or Phase I, which represents approximately 45% of the facility, was completed in 2004 and is now fully occupied by a variety of scientists from different Institutes, working in collaboration in an array of research laboratories, animal care facilities, imaging suites, offices, and associated support facilities
Construction of Phase II, based upon designs by Perkins+ Will Architects, fulfills the original vision of a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary biomedical research facility. Construction of this phase has been made possible by special ARRA funds made available to the NIH through the Department of Health and Human Services. The Phase II extension to the east of the present structure is comprised of 306,476 Gross Square Feet (exclusive of interstitial space). In addition to the open and closed wet laboratories designed to support the ongoing research activities of 28 principal Investigators spread across seven Scientific Institutes of the NIH, the building features a greatly expanded basement level vivarium (over 20,000 research animal cages), a new vertical vivarium stretching up through the second floor, imaging suites, vibration stable core areas, hot rooms, cold rooms, a freezer “farm” and associated scientific staff offices. These spaces are distributed over five floors each of which has been designed to align with the existing five levels of Phase 1. Shared amenities include a cafeteria, a four story, sky-lit atrium and a suite of conference and seminar spaces and public areas for scientific symposia. The building features the latest technologies and offers wireless internet access throughout. Open planning and natural light are hallmarks of the design. A spacious, sky lit atrium serves to unite the two phases of the PNRC construction and to amplify the energy driving today's neuroscience research at the NIH
A Green Building:
PNRC II has been designed to achieve significant efficiencies and energy savings and will be tracked a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Rating, as defined by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), .
The numerous Greening/Energy Conservation Features include:
· Photovoltaic/solar panels atop both PNRC I and PNRC II
· Use of highly chilled beam systems (in lieu of double ducted air systems) to deliver an estimated 20% energy efficiency improvement
· Introduction of Green Roofs over portions of the roof
· Use of pervious paving treatments along exterior walkways
· Use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for exterior and for bench top task lighting
· Use of more cost effective and efficient laboratory lighting including a master addressable lighting control system
Presently, NIH is investigating whether the benefits of utilizing ground source heat pump system, which, by circulating water through a series of tubes inserted deep into the earth’s subsurface, are able to deliver chilled water to the refrigeration equipment at a constant temperature year round, thereby producing significant energy cost savings.
Institutes: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Eye Institute (NEI), National institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NBIB)