To keep staff informed of the recent construction projects on base and those to come, a town hall meeting was held in the National Naval Medical Center's (NNMC) Laurel Clark Memorial Auditorium on June 22.
Naval Support Activity Bethesda's (NSAB) Transportation Manager Jeff Miller urged staff to be aware of their surroundings as they travel on base.
“There will be different travel patterns for vehicles,” he said. “You may have to slow down to get adjusted to [the] new condition[s].”
At the North Gate, staff and visitors can expect lane closures, allowing construction on the new Pass and ID canopies. During this time, there will be a minimum of two travel lanes, one inbound and one outbound, he said. As often as possible, lane closures will occur during non-peak hours.
To meet Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) compliance, the University Gate is also undergoing construction. The three phase project will make space for a new commercial vehicle inspection station as well.
Miller went on to discuss work taking place around the America Garage, stating that the west exit has re-opened and will remain open for about four weeks.
“[This] should help some of the traffic congestion issues that we experience, allowing a second egress point from the garage,” he said.
In addition, the walkway connecting the America Garage to Building 7, located just off the elevators within the garage, is now open and accessible for patients and staff to get to and from the garage and the hospital.
To continue improving accessibility, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sidewalk improvement project is also well underway. Last week, several ADA improvements were made along South Palmer Road. Construction for this project is scheduled to continue along Brown Drive until late July.
Miller then briefed staff on construction taking place in the staff garage, Building 54, a third of which is now complete and scheduled to continue through at least September. As for the Multi-Use Parking Structure (MUPS) garage, near the Fisher Houses, which will provide roughly 1,200 spaces, construction is moving along and scheduled for completion in August.
There has also been significant progress on the new wounded warrior barracks, Building 62, and the new administrative building, Building 17. Lt. Cmdr. Shannon Zahumensky provided staff with an update on the construction progress of Buildings 17 and 62.
Scheduled for completion in early August, Building 17 will house additional administrative space and a new fitness center, including a 50 meter pool, indoor running track, two basketball courts and locker rooms with showers. In addition, under skylights providing natural light, cafe tables will be set up along with food concessions.
The new barracks, comprised of 153 ADA accessible suites, is scheduled to be ready in early July. The building will also include a galley, administrative spaces, conference rooms, a staff lounge, meditation rooms, and a common meeting place at the end of each hallway. Wounded warriors are expected to move in mid-August.
For more information on transportation on base, call Jeff Miller at 301-319-4706.