For the NRC headquarters staff separated from the White Flint Complex, in Rockville Md., this year marks an exciting transition as the newly constructed 14-story office building across the street takes shape. Occupancy of Three White Flint North (3WFN) means the agency’s headquarters staff will once again be consolidated in adjacent buildings — an important component of safety, according to post-Three Mile Island accident findings.
Depicted here, looking south across the White Flint Metro station platform, is left to right, 3WFN, 1WFN, and 2WFN.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the 360,000 square-foot building plus four below-ground parking levels were held in a tent at the 3WFN site on July 6, 2010. Move-in is expected to start at the end of this year and be completed during the first quarter of 2013. The new building is owned by LCOR, Inc., and is leased to the federal government for a 15-year term. The NRC will be the building’s sole tenant.
The new building will provide an additional 1,300 workstations to the headquarters complex allowing the consolidation of headquarters staff and the further “un-crowding” of 1WFN and 2WFN. It also will provide a conference center for public meetings, a full service cafeteria, a larger Professional Development (training) Center, an updated Incident Response Center, and a newly expanded Headquarters Data Center.
An interesting quality of 3WFN is that it is a “green building” project registered under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. “Green building” refers to the design, construction, and operation of buildings in an environmentally friendly way. Some examples of green features for 3WFN’s LEED Silver certification are:
• Interior design concepts, recycled materials, more efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning, and environmental control systems that conserve energy and optimize building performance;
• Water saving high efficiency faucets, toilets, and urinals;
• Its location within ½ mile of mass transit (it’s actually less than 50 yards from the White Flint Metro station entrance and next door to the Metro parking garage); and
• A “green roof” and high reflectance roofing insulation.Veronika Medina Communications and Document Specialist