Ground Broken on $200M National Cancer Institute Project in Suburban Washington, D.C.

Construction kicked off on Sept. 1.

September 1, 2010
By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor

Development of a new 575,000-square foot satellite campus for the National Cancer Institute, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, edges closer toward realization as The JBG Companies officially kicked off construction the $200 million project in Rockville, Maryland, on Sept. 1. JBG will own the build-to-suit facility, which the U.S. General Services Administration will lease on behalf of NCI under a 10-year agreement.

NCI’s new research campus will sit 25 miles north of Washington, D.C., at the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center on a nine-acre parcel within Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus, where 16 biotech companies and research centers make their home. JBG is leasing the land for the NCI project from the university under a long-term agreement. The complex will consist of two identical seven-story structures and a parking garage with approximately 10,000 square feet of ground-level space to accommodate service retail. James G. Davis Construction Corporation is the general contractor onboard, and global architectural firm HOK is behind the design of the project, which will adhere to standards for the obtainment of LEED Gold certification.

The campus will allow NCI to consolidate 2,100 employees under one roof. Presently, the cancer research and training agency houses the group of workers at several locations near its Bethesda, Md., headquarters.

“Overall, the life sciences market here has suffered during the recession, so to have this kind of commitment from NCI is a big shot in the arm not only for Johns Hopkins, but for the Life Sciences Center,” Rod Lawrence, managing principal for JBG, told CPE. The university is well equipped to accommodate the life sciences industry. “At Hopkins’ Belward campus, there is room for commercial development and additional university-based developments.”

JBG is on schedule to complete the NCI project in early 2013.