Safety, Capacity, Maintenance, and Major Repair (+$68,500,000)
NIST maintains two primary sites, Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo., plus smaller sites, including time-service radio stations in Ft. Collins, Colo., and Kauai, Hawaii.
NIST currently has a deferred maintenance backlog of about $500 million. Many NIST facilities are equipped with 40- to 50-year-old systems that lack sufficient capacity and operate inefficiently. If completed, many major repair projects, such as replacing the outdated HVAC systems that serve most buildings on both sites, would result in substantial energy and operational cost savings.
Substandard power supplies and inadequate controls of humidity, temperature, air quality, and other environmental variables are pervasive problems in laboratory buildings on both the Gaithersburg and Boulder sites. Such deficiencies seriously undermine basic measurement research and impose additional burdens on resources and personnel.
Increased funding for the Safety, Capacity, Maintenance, and Major Repair (SCMMR) Program will allow NIST to begin to address this backlog. Improvements to be undertaken under the proposed FY 2010 base program include:
Recent SCMMR Appropriations and FY 2010 Request (Millions of Dollars)