C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, N

“A lot was done to make it inviting. It’s an institutional building with more of a campus look.”
—John Myers, technical services executive, Harmon Inc.

C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Md.The basics: New construction of an 84,000-net-square-foot research facility with biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories and animal care areas, conference rooms and offices. Facility enabled National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to consolidate and expand existing research involving respiratory viruses, respiratory bacteria, insect-borne viruses, the immunology of infectious diseases and development of vaccines for infectious diseases. The four-story building features a 25,000-square-foot, blast-resistant curtain wall, 1,800-square-foot screen wall and 6,200-square-foot shadow box. Completed December 2005; cost, $182.6 million.


The players:

Architect, CUH2A, Princeton, N.J.; general contractor, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore; installation of curtain wall, steel supports, strip windows, sun shades, entrances, shadow box and screen wall, Harmon Inc., Baltimore office; curtain wall and strip window frame fabrication, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.; fabrication of shadow box aluminum back panel, Linetec, Wausau, Wis.; glass manufacturer, Viracon, Owatonna, Minn.; steel fabrication, ACM Erectors Inc., White Marsh, Md.


The glass:

Curtain wall, strip windows, shadow box, all insulating, laminated VRE1-59; dimensions undisclosed due to security requirements. Shadow box includes 6,200-square-foot clear aluminum back panel with a clear anodized finish.