New NIH Gateway Center
Saturday, August 23, the new NIH Gateway Center opens on the
Bethesda, Maryland campus.
Balintfy: Saturday, August 23, the new NIH Gateway Center opens on the Bethesda, Maryland campus. And for visitors, it will likely be the first building they enter. Sergeant Bob Drummond of the NIH Police, summarizes the roll of the new facility.
Drummond: It's a screening and processing area for all visitors coming on to campus whether by foot, metro, bus, walking, and for vehicle traffic.
Balintfy: Sgt. Drummond adds that the facility has three parts: The Gateway Center, building 66, for pedestrians entering campus; The Gateway Inspection Station, building 66A, for cars entering campus; and MLP-11, a multi-level parking garage outside of campus. Overall, the Gateway Center has nearly 140-thousand square feet of space, 342 parking spaces, and cost 31-million dollars. Srg. Drummond explains what it will be like for a visitor coming through the new Gateway Center.
Drummond: Very easy. The first thing is they'll do is they'll come through x-ray and magnetometer processing, which will only take a few minutes. After processing and they pass screening, they'll proceed to the badging area. They'll present their drivers license or passport, any government issued photo identification, provide that to the clerk. The clerk will scan their information, issue a visitor pass, and then they're free to go onto campus.Balintfy: The National Institutes of Health, like all Federal Government facilities, has instituted security measures to ensure the safety of NIH employees, patients, and visitors. For information about procedures when visiting NIH, please go to NIH website at www.nih.gov and click the "Visitor Info" link on the left side of the page. This is Joe Balintfy, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.