|Description of Project
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted a draft master plan update for their main campus located at 9000 Rockville Pike, in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland. NIH consists of 27 different Institutes and Centers (each with their specific research agenda), housed in more than 75 buildings on over 300 acres of land. The campus is situated directly across Rockville Pike from NSA-Bethesda and just north of the Bethesda Central Business District. NIH is an Agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, with a mission to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
The purpose of the master plan is to define the real property assets that will support the execution of the programs housed at the NIH Bethesda Campus, and to guide future campus development in support of the NIH mission. The master plan will update the existing 2003 NIH-Bethesda Master Plan, with a maximum potential of 28 projects (26 projects are currently unfunded) during the next 20 years, to accommodate a future projected 3,000 employee increase. The master plan is supported by a draft Transportation Management Plan (TMP), which shows how NIH will minimize its traffic impact, conserve energy, and improve air quality through single occupancy vehicle (SOV) trip reductions and/or shortening SOV trips during the workday commute.