Design & Construction

The NEIDL is a 192,000-square-foot, seven-story building designed in accordance with the most stringent and protective measures defined by the National Institutes of Health. It was built on the experience of six existing BSL-4 facilities in North America, none of which has ever had a release or community incident.

This state-of-the-art facility supports an extraordinary team of scientists engaged in a vital effort to develop diagnostic drugs, vaccines, and treatments to prevent and cure life-threatening infectious diseases. All critical building systems within the NEIDL have a redundant system to ensure safety and uninterrupted operation at all containment levels. Operating procedures are based on best practices and government standards (CDC/NIH). For more information on the NEIDL’s design, view the NEIDL Fact Sheet.

The Temporary Certificate of Use and Occupancy was issued on March 16, 2012. This permits the building to be used for BSL-2 research as well as continuing to be used for offices, and simulation and training exercises.

Construction of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories began in March 2006. View the phases of construction and image galleries for more information on construction of the facility.