Architectural rendering of the new museum facility.
USAG Fort Detrick - Forest Glen Master Planning Office
A museum rises at Fort Detrick's Forest Glen Annex, Silver Spring, Maryland, the conclusion of a rapid design-build construction project led by the Baltimore District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The National Museum of Health and Medicine, a Department of Defense museum established in 1862 as the Army Medical Museum, is relocating to the Forest Glen Annex as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, and the project is set for completion by the BRAC deadline of September 15, 2011. The museum will also transition to become an element of the USAMRMC this year.
USACE project engineer Jason McGill is overseeing the design and construction of the new state-of-the-art museum, and reports that USACE is pulling out all the stops to ensure the building is completed on time. USACE awarded a design/build construction contract to Costello Construction in December 2009. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on 21 May 2010.
And while this past winter was unusually harsh, Kevin Tarantino of Costello Construction, Inc., displays a positive attitude and has moved the construction forward, making progress every day. Installation Master Planner Eleanor Demasco oversees the construction for the Garrison.
Demasco expressed that the key to the project thus far is proactive teamwork to eliminate roadblocks and timely responses to unforeseen issues. It is anticipated that the museum will be completed on schedule.
NMHM closed its exhibits at their current location on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center main post in early April, in order to begin the long process of transporting the Museum's 25 million artifacts to Forest Glen. The actual move will start in July and proceed until the work is done in early September.
Dr. Adrianne Noe, Director of the museum and her staff are busy preparing for the relocation and the opening of several exhibits this September. And, in 2012, the museum will celebrate its 150th anniversary at its new home as part of the historic community of Forest Glen, Maryland.
The Museum will also bring some of its collection, at least for a short while, to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.
The museum is preparing to temporarily loan the amputated leg of infamous Union general Daniel E. Sickles, in a display to be installed in the command's headquarters on Porter St. Sickles was injured at the Battle of Gettysburg, and famously directed that his leg must be sent to the then-Army Medical Museum for study and preservation.
Sickles then visited his leg on display at the museum each year on the anniversary of its amputation.
Look for news about the temporary display in future editions of The Standard.
The museum will be a refreshing and engaging asset for the garrison, the USAMRMC and the Annex's community in Silver Spring. Access to NMHM will allow visitors to avoid the need to enter the installation via control points. The museum's new address is 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910.