NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Cancer Institute plans to break ground tomorrow on a $200 million satellite campus in Rockville, Md., that will serve as a new home base for the agency.
The NCI campus will rise on a nine-acre portion of Johns Hopkins University's Montgomery County campus, within the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center — the business park that houses much of the life sciences sector in Maryland's Montgomery County.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the state's junior US Senator Benjamin Cardin, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah (Ike) Leggett will join JHU President Ronald Daniels, officials from NCI and the satellite campus' developer, The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase, Md., in the ceremony, scheduled for 1:00 pm.
JBG was selected in February by the US General Services Administration to build the satellite campus, a 575,000-square-foot complex consisting of twin, seven-story buildings with a parking garage and shops. JBG would develop and own the campus under a ground lease it has signed with Johns Hopkins.
NCI has said it needs the satellite campus to allow for anticipated future growth in programs and personnel.
"The new campus will allow for growth in NCI's scientific research and for expansion of its current and new programs," Daryl Paunil, director of NCI's Office of Space and Facilities Management, said in a statement earlier this year. "These first-class facilities will be designed to allow for easier renovations and new configurations to foster more scientific collaboration."
NCI has said it expects to house 2,100 employees at the Shady Grove campus when it completes its relocation there in 2013. Those employees are now scattered between the agency's headquarters in Bethesda, Md., within the campus of the National Institutes of Health, and offices further north in Gaithersburg, Md.
JBG will build NCI's new campus with energy efficient features designed to earn the second-highest "gold" Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification.