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Partial CRC Access Road Closure to Support Temporary Valet Parking Lot Beginning December 28

The Office of Research Facilities will begin construction of a new parking garage and utility vault west of the Clinical Research Center (CRC), across Convent Drive, where a valet parking lot currently resides.

In order to maintain valet parking for hospital operations, a temporary valet lot will be constructed near the intersection of Center Drive and Convent Drive, requiring a portion of the "inner loop" access road servicing the CRC to be closed beginning on Monday, December 28 for an undefined but extensive period. In addition, construction of the new parking garage/utility vault will require a nearby shuttle stop on Convent Drive to be moved.

Construction of this new parking garage, likely to be named MLP-15, and the associated utility vault, will support essential hospital operations and allow NIH to relocate almost 800 spaces from the parking garage below the Building 10 Ambulatory Care Research Facility (ACRF). The new utility vault will improve electrical capacity, host emergency and data center generators, and other critical functions. This new structure will eventually connect to the Clinical Center by a pedestrian tunnel under Convent Drive. Construction is expected to be completed by the spring of 2022.

Access to the CRC inner loop road and the north entrance to the CRC will continue from Center Drive. A map depicting the location of the new valet parking lot, shuttle stop, and how to access the CRC inner loop, is available at:

During all phases of construction, cones, barrels and fencing will encompass the construction site and valet parking lot. Detour signs will direct traffic and pedestrians around work zones. Thank you for your cooperation and support of this essential infrastructure project.

For questions regarding this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at or 301-594-6677. TTY is available at 301-435-1908. For questions regarding this construction project, please contact the Office of Research Facilities Project Officer, Tony Francis, at 301-594-6472, 202-359-1222 or

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