Federal scientific research building
Features for this LEED Gold building include the use of energy efficient chilled beams, deep geothermal wells, photovoltaic panels, and select green roofs.

John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Phase II

Bethesda, Maryland

The Phase II addition to the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center (PNRC) is a state-of-the-art research facility that promotes world-class biomedical neuroscience research by enhancing inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration as a means of facilitating innovation and creativity.

The PNRC co-locates researchers in an innovative setting, launching a bold initiative that “increases the pace of discovery in all areas of neuroscience” in a “sustained effort to understand the human brain.” This Bethesda campus research facility brings together, under one roof, scientists from nine NIH Institutes who were isolated from one another simply because of outdated historical precedents. Scientific opportunities, and the NIH research setting, make it possible to integrate brain sciences in a manner that has not been accomplished before. The Center emphasizes, and is organized by, major crosscutting themes that are not Institute specific. Rather, they emphasize what is common about seemingly diverse disorders.

From within, the building supports and inspires in a functional and flexible design setting that allows neuroscience to flourish as a leading intellectual enterprise in the post-genomic era.
The flexible laboratory space accommodates research ranging from animal models to cell culture to computer science.

Project Team

Dan Watch
Renee Rodriguez
David Cordell