Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF)

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Project Synopsis

This high profile project was designed to meet DoD Antiterrorism/Anti-Force Protection criteria after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Perimeter Security System design incorporates several components to control access to the NIH Bethesda campus including a Perimeter Fence, West Drive Entrance, and a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Facility (CVIF). It also involved extensive site, landscaping and utility work, and design of a portion of the Montgomery County bike path and a new pedestrian bridge. The CVIF provides a single point of access where vehicles are inspected prior to gaining access to the campus, including under car inspection and overhead X-ray and a CCTV system, thus alleviating the need for inspection at multiple entry points. The project also provides blast resistance vehicle barriers, a public reception area with a ballistic barrier separating public area from inspection points, offices, support facilities, a K-9 kennel, and an Emergency Response Center.

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