National Institute of Health (NIH) Porter Neuroscience Research Center (PNRC) – Phase 1


The NIH Porter Neuroscience Research Center (PNRC) project is a multi-disciplinary neuroscience research laboratory. The 548,114 SF Center includes over 420,000 SF of research laboratories, 12,000 SF of lab administrative offices, 80,000 SF of animal research facilities, an 8,000 SF auditorium, a 10,000 SF cafeteria, and 20,000 SF of public space/atrium.


Specialized Engineering was responsible for monitoring Construction Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and Special Inspections during the phases of construction as well as ensuring the project was built in accordance with the project plans, specifications, and Montgomery County Complex Structures Program requirements. Testing and Special Inspection Services included that on the following:

  • Structural Fill
  • Utility Backfill
  • Foundation Soil Bearing
  • Concrete Reinforcement
  • Cast-In-Place Concrete
  • Structural Steel
  • Metal Decking
  • Steel Fabrication Shop
  • Structural Masonry (Mortar/Grout)
  • Spray-Applied Fireproofing
  • Stone Sub-Base
  • Hot-Mix Asphalt
  • Floor Flatness
  • Roof Moisture Surveys
  • Windsor Probe
  • Crack Monitoring

Specialized Engineering is conducting laboratory testing and analysis of proposed fill materials, planting soil, concrete cylinders, masonry grout and CMUs, fireproofing density samples, hot-mix asphalt, and stone sub-base. Wish to learn more about our involvement with this project? Please contact us at 800-773-3808.