Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is the flagship hospital of the United States Defense Health Agency and the headquarters of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region/Medical. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, and it’s one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military medical centers.
Our client’s 2,500-square-foot Biosafety Level (BSL)-3 clinical pathology testing laboratory was experiencing significant problems with airflow, cracks in the walls, and electrical failures. They were also having difficulty maintaining appropriate room temperature and humidity. They needed to determine the causes and resolve them.
Our team conducted a comprehensive investigation of the laboratory, including design and function of the space as well as all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, technology, and fire protection systems. Based on our findings, we developed several options for ameliorative action and selected a recommended route.
We provided several alternatives to bring the space up to BSL-3 standards. We prioritized our recommendations based on the owner’s goal for certification, level of disruption, project cost, controllability of systems, and maintenance needs.