National Institute of Health

The National Institute of Health, The Animal Farm
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LOCATION: Poolseville, Maryland
CLIENT:  Metropolitan Architects and Planners, The NIH

The Animal Farm as the National Institute of Health’s Campus in Poolesville Maryland has been called for decades is in transition. Its need tor extensive animal paddock areas is diminishing as space for needed laboratories is increased. By clustering the future laboratories around a central green in a carefully phased process the larger areas of the campus are freed up to allow the restoration of the original savannah habitat natural to this region prior to European fostered disease and decimation of the native inhabitants.

The site will still house a population of primates which will be brought to this site for both study and retirement from across the NIH laboratory system. Low impact development (LID) techniques were incorporated to help filter the runoff prior to its infusion into the Potomac River.

LID practices planned include:

The installation of a biological gray water filtration facility is planned to reducing the high concentration of suspended solids in campus gray water. A portion of the WTP-treated effluent is allowed to trickle through the constructed wetland/filtration facility. This filtered effluent would then be collected and routed to the gray water storage tanks for holding. A biological treatment facility site has been located in the natural swale adjacent to the existing wastewater treatment plant.