Project (MP02) Document or Notice Agency Seeking Comment/ Posting Notice Date Posted Closing Date
National Institutes of Health – Bethesda Campus

Draft Comprehensive Master Plan 2013
[PDF 27.5 MB]
Draft Transportation Management Plan 2012
[PDF 17.2 MB]

August 30, 2012 October 1, 2012
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.

Input Requested
Members of the public as well as local and federal agencies are encouraged to submit written comments.

Submit Comments to:
Mr. Michael Weil
National Capital Planning Commission
Suite 500 North
401 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Fax Number : (202) 482-7272

Commission Action Requested
Comments on the draft master plan and draft transportation management plan to be provided at NCPC’s November 1, 2012 meeting.

Expected Date of NCPC Action
The final master plan is anticipated to come before NCPC for review and approval in the spring of 2013.

Historic Preservation (section 106) Consultation Process
This process is currently ongoing between the NIH and the Maryland Historic Trust.
Other Information
A printed copy is also available for review M-F 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at NCPC, 401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500 North, Washington, DC. Please call 202-482-7200 to set up an appointment.