In 2007 DMS provided the cost estimate for NIH-Porter Neuroscience Research Center located in Bethesda, Maryland.

The history

The NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

More than a decade ago, neuroscience leaders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) foresaw the need to catalyze collaboration across the many diverse subfields of brain research. Their vision gave rise to the concept of a new type of research facility, one that would unite neuroscience research across the NIH.

Congress embraced this bold vision, and, in 2000, provided funds to create a national neuroscience research center on NIH’s Bethesda, MD, campus that would bear the name of a longtime champion for biomedical research, Congressman John Edward Porter.

The project

The Porter Neuroscience Research Center is a multidisciplinary neuroscience research laboratory dedicated solely to research of the brain.  One of the main goals of the project was to create a facility that promotes cutting edge biomedical research through communication and collaboration as a means to facilitate innovation and creativity.

Every aspect of this 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art complex speaks to the ingenuity and wisdom of its distinguished namesake — from the interactive labs and shared resource spaces to the innovative features that make it one of the world’s most energy-efficient life science facilities.

This state of the art facility consists of:

  • 420,000 SF of research laboratories
  • 12,000 SF of lab administrative offices
  • 80,000 SF of animal research facilities
  • 8,000 SF auditorium
  • 10,00 SF cafeteria
  • 20,000 SF of public space/atrium

Cost estimation

Estimated construction cost: $400 million.