US Army Medical Research Center
LocationAberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland
CertificationDesigned to LEED-NC Silver
The mission of the US Army's Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) is to develop medical treatments to protect both soldiers on the front lines and ordinary civilians. To respond to chemical attacks and train personnel to minimize casualties. Consolidating ten existing facilities into one, this is one of the Army's largest scientific projects, and the only medical laboratory in the Department of Defense equipped to safely study hazardous chemical agents.
A dramatic design reflects the highly technical investigations conducted within. The state-of-the-art facility supports research, training, and education, and promotes staff collaboration. While it is protecting the general population, the Army is also protecting the environment by incorporating the tenets of sustainable design in order to earn a LEED Silver rating.
It was facinating to work on such a complex project - gathering together a diverse group of
military and civilian researchers. The importance of the faciliy's mission - to protect populations from
chemical weapons and to train first responders - was reflected in the development of
sophisticated environments while maintaining an open and welcoming atmosphere.
Rachel NelanAIA, LEED AP, PrincipalFlad Architects