There are seven Gaithersburg GPLs—housing the majority of measurement laboratories on the site—and providing a total of 1.2 million square feet (about 111,500 square meters) of research space. The major infrastructure systems in the GPLs, such as the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, are obsolete and well beyond their life expectancies resulting in systems that are increasingly difficult to maintain and prone to catastrophic failures.
Proposed NIST Program
Specifically, the requested 2011 funding will support:
- award of a multiyear architectural/engineering contract to initiate the planning, programming, and design of the Gaithersburg GPL renovations.
The successful renovation of the NIST Gaithersburg GPLs will dramatically improve the ability of NIST researchers to conduct measurement research that pushes the limits of science and helps accelerate innovation in national technology priority areas.
The cost of upgrading the NIST GPLs to 21st-century laboratory standards will be repaid many times over through the economic benefits of NIST research that accelerates advances in advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, health care, physical infrastructure, homeland security, and other high priority areas.