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This reduces procurement times and oversight requirements by government project officers. • Utilization of an innovative developer manager approach for major capital projects. ) to ensure successful accomplishment of the project. Under this approach, the developer manager holds all the contracts for the project, thereby outsourcing the traditional responsibilities of design, construction, and contract administration. • Development of standard laboratory designs that have been preengineered and priced out to expedite the design-build process; this has reduced the level of design review that is required on individual projects.

Detrick, Frederick, Maryland; the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, Hamilton, Montana; National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Gerontology Research Center, Baltimore, Maryland; and New Iberia, Louisiana. gov). The DES specifically provides planning, architectural, engineering, technical, and craft services for the operation, maintenance, alteration, repair, and construction of NIH facilities to ensure the existence and integrity of the physical environment necessary to support the NIH mission.

This has resulted in a construction program valued at more than $950 million. During this same period of growth in capital funding, DES has been required to downsize because of limited operating budgets, from a staff of 666 in 1994 to a staff of 520 in 1999. To offset this reduction in staff, DES undertook a major reorganization in 1996 and consolidated its five branches into three with a focus on core functions of planning, design and construction, and facility operations. 32 ADDING VALUE TO THE FACILITY ACQUISITION PROCESS The current emphasis of DES is to contract out most of its design, construction, and alterations program under the management of government project officers and to utilize other government employees for facilities management and craft-supported maintenance and operation.

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