John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center Phase II

National Institutes of Health
  • Open Lab

    Photo by Alain Jaramillo

  • Cantilevered Conference Rooms Overlooking Atrium

    Photo by Alain Jaramillo

  • Typical Floor Plan

    Courtesy of Perkins+Will

The Phase II addition to the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center (PNRC) houses 419 occupants, including 45 principal investigators (PIs) from 10 separate NIH Institutes, along with 374 post-doctoral researchers. The PNRC is a state-of-the-art research facility that promotes world-class biomedical neuroscience research by enhancing interdisciplinary communication and collaboration as a means of facilitating innovation and creativity. Scientific opportunities and the NIH research setting make it possible to integrate brain sciences in a manner that has not been accomplished before. The Center emphasizes, and is organized by, major crosscutting themes that are not Institute specific. Rather, they emphasize what is common about seemingly diverse disorders.

The research facility features open wet bench and behavioral testing labs and closed support labs consisting of tissue culture, electrophysiology, and microscopy and fume hood alcoves in a flexible 40/60 ratio, along with support facilities that include autoclaves, cold and dark rooms, and ice machines on each floor. Occupied lab floors have full interstitial mechanical floors above for ease of maintenance and future renovations. A large imaging suite was introduced at the basement level slab-on-grade, housing 9.4-tesla and 18.4-tesla magnets, along with an adjacent director’s reserve for future vibration-resistant imaging requirements. A 1,300-nasf vertical vivarium is located on both the first and second floors as an extension of the new 28,000-nasf basement rodent vivarium, which itself represents an expansion of the existing Phase I 26,000-nasf facility. Ten convertible holding/procedure rooms have been introduced, along with 21,645 additional cages. A volumetric atrium connects Phase I to Phase II and includes an events management seminar/conferencing space seating 350, along with an atrium and café on the ground floor and skybox hanging conference rooms servicing the upper floors.

Project Data
Project Type: 
Expansion, New Construction
Completion Date: 
March, 2014
Bethesda, MD
Delivery Method: 
CM at Risk, Multiple Bid Packages
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Building Descriptors: 
Conference Room
Interdisciplinary Research
Laboratory: Biomedical Research
Laboratory: Dry And Wet
Laboratory: Research
Research: Biomedical
Civil Engineer
William H. Gordon Associates, Inc.
Electrical Infrastructure
Johnson Bernat & Associates
MEP and Fire Protection
Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI)
Structural Engineer
Cagley & Associates
Landscape Architect
Jordan Honeyman
Debra Gilmore
Life Safety and Physical Security
Blast Resistance
Wiedlinger Associates, Inc.
Acoustics and Audio/Visual
Miller Beam & Paganelli
Colin Gordon & Associates
Vertical Transportation
Lerch Bates
Maryland Department of the Environment Permit
NMP Engineers
Pre-Construction Services
Whiting-Turner Construction
Program Management
Jacobs Consultancy
Biological Safety Cabinets
Bedding System
Roe Bio-Medical Products Inc.
Cagewash Equipment
Prefabricated Walk-In Room
R-V Industries, Inc.
Laboratory Casework and Fume Hoods
Thermo Fisher Scientific
York Custom Air Handling Units
Johnson Controls Inc.
Active Chilled Beams
Trox USA
RO Pure Water System
Burt Process Equipment
Electrical Equipment
General Electric
Scientific Alarm System
Rees Scientific Corporation
Published 10-8-2014