U.S. Army Corps of Engineers



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Fort Detrick, MD

Ongoing Construction

865,000 sq. ft.

Joint Venture

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) located at Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland, is the premier biodefense laboratory for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The USAMRIID Replacement facility will provide many new laboratories and medical facilities to serve existing functions and staff currently located at Fort Detrick. Research conducted here will help increase understanding of current biological threats and the threats of emerging diseases to military personnel and citizens of the United States.

The new USAMRIID Replacement facility is 936,000 gsf including all mechanical, electrical, and other support spaces. The functional programs include:

  • Headquarters and Administrative offices
  • Research offices to support laboratory areas
  • Amenity areas such as conference, training and break areas
  • Army Division of Medicine clinic and offices
  • BSL-2 standard laboratories, specialty core laboratories and lab support areas
  • BSL-3E laboratories, specialty core laboratories and lab support areas
  • BSL-4 laboratories, specialty core laboratories and lab support areas
  • Veterinary Medicine offices and support areas, including ABSL-2, ABSL-3E, and ABSL-4 animal housing, procedure and logistical/operational support areas
  • Building operations, logistics and facility support areas

The second, third and fourth floors house the high containment areas of the facility (BSL levels 2,3E, and 4). These areas feature rooms for carrying out animal procedures including necropsies, with much of the work contained in Biosafety Cabinets. Infected animals are moved in and out of containment through the use of alpha and beta airtight containment locking ports. Support equipment such as MRI machines and CT Scanners are also in these sectors. Lower risk operations are carried out in laboratories involving Virology, Cell Culture, Bacteriology, Toxicology and PCR amplification studies of DNA.

Laboratory/Medical Systems include:

  • Decontamination equipment such as sterilizers and depyrogenation ovens
  • Tunnel Cage washers, bedding delivery systems and ultrasonic cleaners
  • Clinical Examination equipment such as necropsy tables, isolation cubicles
  • Closed/isolated piping to protect exposure of infectious material to the environment

Clean Utility Systems features:

  • Automatic Animal Watering System
  • Reverse Osmosis Water System
  • Breathing Air with umbilicals to airtight suits
  • HEPA filter containment on HVAC and plumbing exhaust systems