Final commissioning is under way at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The building is targeting occupancy in 2021.
The 835,000-square-foot building will serve as the lead facility for the U.S. Biological Defense Research Program, replacing the current outdated and overcrowded USAMRIID building.
“The current facility is about 40 years old and does not meet modern containment standards,” said Les Gartner, project director for WSP USA. “The new facility is easier to maintain and operate, provides additional space, and is designed to meet current codes and guidelines. It also provides additional capability to fulfill its current and future mission.”
The new building features state-of-the-art high-level biocontainment laboratory space, animal facilities, administrative offices, and operational and administrative support facilities, which facilitates high-containment research on infectious diseases that may affect military personnel in the field.
WSP, as part of a joint venture with HDR, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, provided containment architectural and engineering expertise for several high-containment components of the project.
“Our firm provided knowledge of current high-containment design from other national and international high-containment projects that we designed,” Gartner said.