Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is the largest biomedical research and science education facility in the US. Located on a densely wooded site, the campus provides office space, research facilities, lodging for visiting scientists, conference facilities, and support areas. Building structures are seamlessly integrated within the forested site, effectively implementing sustainability strategies to respect the property’s natural character and preserve viewsheds. The outdoor amenity package includes several courtyards, pedestrian pathways, and seating areas, in addition to an elliptical, flagstone terrace that features a pergola, water feature, and richly detailed planting. The site plan selectively specified local quarried stone walls to assist with grade transitions while the tree protection plan preserved a sense of place.

Serving the needs of staff, short-term investigators, and visitors, EDSA provided conceptual design through construction administration services. The strategic design helped to transform the existing structure and it’s surrounds into a modern research campus. The project has received LEED® Gold Certification.

Project Details

Chevy Chase, Maryland
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Detailed Design and Construction Administration
36 Acres