NAHB RESEARCH CENTER
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
A state-of-the-art testing laboratory and conference center provides new areas for growth at the NAHB Research Center. The 32,000 sq. ft. building links to the existing administration building to create a campus and the buildings are further linked by matching brick and siding and entrance canopies. The pre-engineered metal building housing the test lab is carefully integrated to the conventional steel frame and brick veneer of the conference center.
Test areas include acoustic lab and hot-box room with 16 ft. tall oversized doors, a controlled-temperature room, a strong-wall for airborne materials testing and a structural slab with integrated tie-downs for racking wall systems. Conference and market testing rooms include controlled lighting, one-way viewing, remote-controlled cameras and complete audio/video recording capabilities. A large viewing room overlooks the laboratory providing clients the ability to view full-scale implementation and testing of their products or systems. Careful planning allows clients to maintain privacy when using the facility without compromising operations or market research participants.
Architect’s Role: Project Manager
Architect of Record: NSArchitects – Rockville, MD