NEIDL Fact Sheet


  • Construction grant award — September 2003
  • Construction start — March 2006
  • Construction completed to date — 100%
  • Completion Date — Fall 2008


The NEIDL is a 192,000-square-foot, seven-story building that includes BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 capacities. The containment area includes imaging, aerobiology, insectaries, and other specialized cores and support spaces. In addition, the facility houses a state-of-the-art BSL-4 training simulator to provide hands-on training for research staff, faculty, and some support personnel.


The NEIDL is constructed to maximize research capacity with dedicated space in the total building area for the following:

  • 48% — Administrative & building support
  • 20% — BSL-2 research
  • 16% — BSL-4 research
  • 13% — BSL-3 research
  • 3% — BSL-2 clinic


All critical building systems within the NEIDL are redundant to ensure safety and uninterrupted operations at all containment levels. The NEIDL site is designed in accordance with Level 5 NIH Security Guidelines, the most stringent and protective measures defined in the guidelines.