Food and Drug Administration Campus White Oak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was in much need of a new, modern campus with an innovative design in order to obtain an engaging research environment. FDA selected Heery to provide services for the client's new 130-acre campus consists of laboratory buildings, office buildings, parking garages, roads, utility plants, a cafeteria and a conference center. The campus consists of 17 interconnected buildings anchored by a Central Shared Use Building. The multi-phased project spanned more than a decade of planning and construction, resulting in an innovative, contemporary work environment with consolidated facilities to equip FDA’s staff with first-class space and amenities. The project’s scope spanned design phase services through construction administration, including cost estimates, design reviews, scheduling, and inspections.

Turner & Townsend Heery, in a joint venture, provided construction management support services for what was considered one of the largest projects in the United States. The FDA Campus at White Oak represented, in every respect, a multi-phased and integrated construction program with projects in various stages including conceptual planning, design, and procurement, construction, commissioning and close-out. It consisted of multiple projects that were designed, bid and constructed by various consultants and contractors to fit together seamlessly. Heery was responsible for design reviews and construction management for all of the buildings and infrastructure projects and, in this capacity, worked to integrate the various campus-wide elements such as roads, utility/service tunnels, voice/data backbone and heating/cooling loops.

The Heery team functioned as the master plan coordinator for the multiple phases of the program and has consistently addressed both the largest issues and the smallest details with equal care and commitment on behalf of GSA and their client, FDA. Because funding for this project was appropriated by Congress on a year-to-year basis, the team remained flexible and negotiated yearly contract options during the program.


Construction Management


White Oak, MD


5.3 million GSF


Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), National Capital Region, Project of the Year Award (2015), Large Projects Over $100M, FDA Bio Defense Complex Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Laboratory and Office Spaces; Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Baltimore Chapter, 2009 Project Achievement Award - Construction Value Less than $50M, FDA, Building 1; Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), National Capital Chapter, 2009 Project Achievement Award - Construction Value Less than $100M, FDA Center for Drug and Evaluation Research II (Building 51) ; General Services Administration’s National Capital Region, 2007 GSA Design Excellence Award - Construction Excellence, FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office Building One