National Interagency Biodefense Campus Developed at Fort Detrick

Construction of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC) is underway at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. A collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, the 200-acre site will be developed over the next six years. Construction of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility began in summer of 2005 and is slated for completion in December 2007.

The Department of Homeland Security's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, housing biocontainment laboratory space for biological threat characterization, will begin construction in May 2006 and reach completion in June of 2008. The United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) will begin building the cornerstone facility of the NIBC campus, a laboratory to replace its current building, in December of 2007. A $34-million joint medical logistics facility will be completed in December 2007. A cogeneration utility plant to provide electrical power, steam, and chilled water will begin construction in mid-2006 and be operational by summer of 2007.