Lockheed Martin awarded contract to move USAMRIID

The U.S. Army recently confirmed that Lockheed Martin was awarded a six year, $66 million contract to assist in moving the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases into new laboratory space at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, awarded the contract to the security company in September, according to WTOP.com.

A Lockheed Martin spokesman said that at least 10 Lockheed Martin employees and an additional 25 subcontractors will be used to aid in the transition process.

Biomedical equipment technicians and planners, project managers, lab experts and procurement specialists will take part in the move, Lockheed Martin's Leslie Holoweiko said.

"We are already staffed up for the contract," Holoweiko said, WTOP.com reports.

The new 810,000-square foot building cost approximately $683 million and has been under construction since August 2009. When fully completed, the facility will contain more than 17,000 square feet of biosafety Level-4 lab space and 34,000 square feet of biosafety Level-3 space. USAMRIID is capable of conducting research on the world's deadliest pathogens, including the Ebola virus and anthrax.

USAMRIID is expected to complete the transition in November 2014. Planning for the move has begun, but is expected to be a lengthy process completed in several phases, according to a USAMRIID spokesman, WTOP.com reports.