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National Cancer Institute, New Retail Shops Open

The Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County campus community has a new vibe.

You can hardly miss the new National Cancer Institute employees moving in to their new digs at NCI Shady Grove.

The line at sandwich shop Subway on its opening day in February extended down the block.

And in March, five new companies opened for business: Shady Grove Cleaners, Freshii, West Wing Café & Bakery, Blue Fin and Natural Market.

The NCI move is "right on schedule," said Rhonda DeJoice of NCI’s office of communications and education. Employees started moving in late December 2012, just two years after the September 2010 groundbreaking ceremony. The move is expected to be completed by June 2013. Approximately 2,450 NCI employees will be located at NCI Shady Grove, including researchers, grants staff and service staff who had worked at the Executive Plaza campus and the Helgerman Court building in Rockville. The clinical program staff will remain on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda. 

“It makes perfect sense for the National Cancer Institute to be located in Shady Grove,” said Elaine Amir, executive director of Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County. “With a concentration of thousands of graduate students, hundreds of biotech companies and healthcare researchers in the area, NCI employees should feel right at home. We at Johns Hopkins welcome NCI to our neighborhood.”

“We are thrilled to open this new facility for the National Cancer Institute, and hope that it will further their great work,” said Greg Trimmer, principal at JBG. “The collective work of JBG, Johns Hopkins University, the National Cancer Institute and Montgomery County can be a model of collaboration.”

Under the arrangement, the U.S. General Services Administration selected a proposal from JBG, a private company, to develop the property. JBG, which is leasing the land from Johns Hopkins University, built the NCI center, and owns and manages the twin buildings. GSA is leasing the buildings from JBG.

The buildings contain approximately 574,000 net square feet of usable space and meet LEED Gold standards. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council and awards points based on the type and number of green elements and procedures used in a building. NCI Shady Grove features a green roof, outdoor green space and a daylight harvesting system to maximize use of natural light and reduce energy costs.

“This new facility has been designed to allow for easier renovations and new configurations to foster more scientific collaboration among NCI staff,” said Daryl Paunil, director of the NCI office of space and facilities management.

NCI Shady Grove also includes a parking garage with retail space on the ground floor.

That is where NCI employees, Johns Hopkins employees, entrepreneurs located on campus, community neighbors and campus visitors can grab salads, sandwiches, or sushi, pick up their dry cleaning or check out the convenience store.

“Now that NCI employees are moving in and retail shops are opening up, you can really feel the new surge of energy here,” Amir said.

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