Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - The Federal Research Center at White Oak

White Oak, Maryland

Planned for completion in 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) campus in White Oak, Maryland, will have three million SF and more than 7,700 employees. Heery International, in joint venture, is providing construction management for a series of projects built on the federal research center grounds. The new federal research center consists of 16 interconnected buildings forming a campus work environment and including state-of-the-art office and laboratory facilities. The buildings, grouped in quadrangles around the campus common, are connected by second-floor pedestrian bridges, surface walkways and an underground tunnel system for utilities and truck deliveries.

The main laboratory building includes highly specialized spaces, such as animal holding facilities, interstitial space, and 100 percent outside air HVAC systems. Features include requirements for a full range of security and fire protection equipment necessary for this site.

The General Services Administration (GSA) is working to meet the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program to qualify for a silver LEED designation. That effort began with the demolition of existing buildings, garnering GSA National Capital Regions first-ever Demolition Derby Award for environmentally friendly construction waste management. LEED-related construction includes a 22,000 SF green roof on the Central Shared Use building, natural ventilation, solar shading, reduced water consumption and use of recycled content in many products.

The project is the recipient of the Project Achievement Award presented by the National Capital Region of the Construction Management Association of America.