U.S. Army issues RFP for storage and processing facility at Fort Detrick

The U.S. Army recently issued a request for proposals to build a new hazardous materials processing facility at Fort Detrick, Md.

The request calls for a 13,100-square-foot handling and storage building, about 7,500 square feet of which will be used for handling and storage, the Frederick News-Post reports.

"The facility we have now is old," U.S. Army Garrison Public Affairs Spc. Lanessa Hill said, according to the Frederick News-Post. "Having everything in one facility will allow for more efficient operations and flow."

Hazardous materials at Fort Detrick are currently being held in two buildings converted into a processing facility. Some of those materials come from the fort's National Interagency Bio-Defense Campus, which includes the Food and Drug Administration and Naval Medical Research Center, the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and part of the Department of Homeland Security.

The two buildings, about 6,000 square feet of which are currently being used to store the materials, will be demolished once the new facility is built, the Frederick News-Post reports.

Fort Detrick is required to remove the hazardous materials from the area within 90 days. Hill said operations will continue normally once the new facility is in place, according to the Frederick News-Post.