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Walter Reed Bethesda Begins Construction Forum


By Bernard S. Little

Walter Reed Public Affairs

Construction to enhance the delivery of patient care will continue at Walter Reed Bethesda for the foreseeable future, explained members of the Joint Construction and Transition Planning Team during a forum Feb. 21 in the hospital’s Clark Auditorium.

Army Col. Anthony Meador, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s assistant chief of staff, explained how ongoing construction has created a need for regular forums to inform employees and beneficiaries of the status of projects and any changes that occur on base and in the hospital. The next forum is scheduled for April 18.
At the recent forum, team members focused on construction impacting Brown Drive, parking and garages on Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
On or about March 6, north Brown Drive will close for construction and entry to the Building 54 Staff Parking Garage will only be accessible from the south entrance. Therefore, if staff should enter Naval Support Activity Bethesda at Gate 2 (across from the Medical Center Metro Station) on South Wood Road, make the right onto Palmer Road South (past the Emergency Room), then turn left on Brown Drive and proceed to the Building 54 garage. Upon exiting the Building 54 garage, staff will only be able to turn right to intersect with Palmer Road North.
Staff members can also use Gates 3, 4 and 5 on Jones Bridge Road to enter and exit NSAB.
The G-Lot on Palmer Road North will close March 20 to accommodate the delivery of temporary work spaces for hospital services. All staff with Red Parking Placards should plan to park either in Building 54 or Building 32, the Multi-Purpose Garage (MUPS). Also, Building 32’s access control arms are scheduled to go in effect March 13, and a coded Common Access Card (CAC) or proximity card will be needed to enter the garage.
Use of the access control arms at Building 32 should prevent unauthorized vehicles from parking in the garage, and increase available parking for authorized staff, explained Ryan Emery, NSAB transportation program manager.
All staff members authorized a red placard who do not have access to Building 54 on their CAC should come to Building 102 --  Pass & ID Building (near Gate 1),  between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays to verify their CAC or proximity card is appropriately coded to allow entry into the MUPS before March 13, Emery added.
“We are not asking all 2,800 red placard holders to come to Pass & ID; only those who never had permissions to either garage added to their CAC or proximity card,” he explained.