The National Cancer Institute’s bold new Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) resides on the Riverside Research Park campus in Frederick, Maryland. Designed by HDR Architecture, Inc., the contemporary, 380,000-square-foot complex comprises five state-of-the-art, Green Globe-certified buildings where employees implement advanced technologies and support research, development and testing initiatives.
The mission was to create a space conducive to communication and collaboration. Building E (pictured here), with interiors fitted out by HDR, illustrates the openness theme with a central atrium and circulation spine that leads to other structures. The atrium houses a data center and supports the research needs of 1,200 scientists; it also contains administrative offices, conference and seminar space, an auditorium, a fitness center, staff dining areas and more. A wall of windows emphasizes daylighting and a connection to the outdoors. “We were asked to come up with a design that would represent where they are headed,” says HDR’s regional director, Stephen Blair. “We created a building that would be the new face of the National Cancer Institute.”
ARCHITECTURE: STEPHEN J. BLAIR, PE, LEED AP, project director; CHRISTINE MAHER, AIA; SUSANA KYRGOS, Associate AIA, HDR Architecture, Bethesda, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: John C. Grimberg Company, Inc., Rockville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL BURK.