Security Assessments for NIH Facilities
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is the primary funding agency for the construction of a new laboratory on the campus of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), located 25 miles southwest of Chicago. ANL is operated by the University of Chicago (UC) for the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The new building will be designated the Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTRL). The funds were awarded in a grant to UC. Award of the grant required that a Threat and Risk assessment be performed to assess security and operational effectiveness of the proposed design. In March 2004 the Facilities Services Project Management and Administration office of the University of Chicago engaged Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) to perform a the threat and risk assessment based on the proposed design of the Building and current as well as planned security countermeasures.
The assessment used the NIH Physical Security Design Guidelines for NIH Owned Facilities as a guide for secure construction and existing federal regulations and ANL security and operational requirements for similar laboratories operating on the campus as a guide for operations effectiveness. Design documents were in the pre-design phase of completeness and provided a concept level of design completeness. ARA prepared a report detailing preliminary findings of the assessment and recommendations for improvement of the security posture.
Recommendations were made regarding perimeter security, delivery procedures, utilities/data transmission entry point location and blast vulnerability.