Construction Zone Grows at MedImmune

MedImmune’s construction site averages 350 workers a day.

As the temperatures soar this summer, the construction zone at MedImmune is an ever growing hotspot for hundreds of workers who report to the development site each day.

After reading in The Town Courier that residents were raising questions about the nearby construction, MedImmune officials have decided to provide even more information to the Quince Orchard Park (QOP) community about the escalating work.

“We have decided to include more general information in the monthly updates as it’s clear that residents are extremely curious,” wrote Elizabeth Huntley in an e-mail dated July 8 to QOP Community Manager Ruchita Patel.

According to Huntley’s latest update, construction is intensifying. She said the company is averaging 350 workers per day at the main site known as “Area 6” along Great Seneca Highway, and company officials say that number will grow to a peak of 375 workers per day in August.

“The installation of the pre-cast structure for the expansion of garage two is complete, and the balance of the work at the garage is expected to be complete by the end of September,” Huntley said. “The taller of the two tower cranes will be dismantled and removed from the jobsite within the next 30 days.”

Passsersby may also soon see changes on the outside of the steel structure, Huntley said, as crews work to install windows and glass in order to finish the exterior skin by the end of the summer.

In addition, motorists may note two new MedImmune monument marker signs that were installed this month along Quince Orchard Road. The signs are approximately 90 inches high and 235 inches long, and they replace the former Quince Orchard Park Corporate Center signs.

Gaithersburg’s Permits and Inspect-ions Director Wes Burnette said MedImmune’s construction of the newest parking deck is complete and work is beginning on construction of two on grade parking lots.

“This phase of building construction is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2011,” said Burnette.

Planning and Code Administration Director Greg Ossont said Burnette and other city officials will begin attending QOP neighborhood meetings regularly while construction is continuing.

“This something new that I am trying in an effort to be proactive in addressing concerns and hear suggestions from residents with development projects nearby,” Ossont said.

A recent Council of Governments (COG) publication reports that the MedImmune office building project was the largest project in Montgomery County in 2009, adding more than 390,000 square feet of space with an approximate value of $50 million.