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Commission approves FDA, NIST building plans

Dec. 4, 2009 - 06:00AM   |  
By TIM KAUFFMAN   |   Comments
A sketch of a new building at the FDA's headquarters in White Oak, Md.
A sketch of a new building at the FDA's headquarters in White Oak, Md. (COURTESY DAVID WHITCOMB / RTKL.COM)

The National Capital Planning Commission on Thursday approved updated master plans for the Food and Drug Administration's new consolidated headquarters in the Maryland neighborhood of White Oak and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's expanded campus in Gaithersburg, Md. The commission's approval means more detailed design work on the projects can proceed.

The revised FDA master plan increases the number of employees to be located on the 130-acre site to 8,900, up from the 5,000 envisioned when work began in 1996. The NIST plan details new buildings, additions to existing buildings and infrastructure upgrades for the 581-acre campus.

The commission ordered eight changes to the Veterans Affairs Department's draft master plan for the VA Medical Center campus in Northwest Washington. The plan provides a framework for the next 20 years of development on the 35-acre site, including plans to nearly double the size of the existing 900,000-square-foot facility.

The commission directed the VA to ensure the redevelopment complements other neighborhood development, provides access to pedestrians and adheres to parking guidelines, among other things. Developers will incorporate the changes into a preliminary master plan that will go before the commission next year.

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