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Overview of the Office of Research Facilities (ORF)

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ORF supports the NIH mission by providing, maintaining, and operating safe, healthy, and attractive facilities. ORF operates as a "Central Service" and reports directly to the Office of Management in the Office of the Director. ORF also manages the NIH Building and Facilities Appropriation, which is used to pay the cost of design, development, construction, repair, and improvement of capital facilities and related infrastructure.There are nine Divisions under ORF:

Office of Hospital Physical Environment (OHPE)
OHPE supports Clinical Center/Hospital in retention of “Accredited Status” by overseeing and facilitating compliance with The Joint Commission’s “Hospital Accreditation Standards” (i.e. Life Safety, Environment of Care, and Utility System Management); in collaboration with various ORF and ORS offices to provide a safe physical environment for patient treatment, biomedical research and occupant safety.
Division of Facilities Planning (DFP)
The Division of Facilities Planning (DFP) coordinates and manages all planning related to NIH owned and leased facilities on all campuses.
Division of Facilities Operations and Maintenance (DFOM)
The Division of Facilities Operation and Maintenance (DFOM) is responsible for the safe, efficient, and effective operation and maintenance of NIH real property.
Office of Acquisitions, ORF (OA-ORF)
The Office of Acquisitions (OA-ORD) supports biomedical research by providing contracting solutions to secure required architecture and engineering, construction, real estate leasing, and facility support services. We commit to doing this in a cost effective and quality manner. engineering, construction, real estate leasing, and facility support services. We commit to doing this in a cost effective and quality manner.
Division of Technical Resources (DTR)
The Division of Technical Resources (DTR) is an International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2008 certified. DTR conducts scientific bio-environmental research and studies to advance emerging technologies used in biomedical research facilities. DTR provides consultation services, comprehensive review, oversight and quality assurance of design and construction documents for NIH intramural and extramural Biosafety Level (BSL)-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4 biomedical research and animal research facilities. DTR develops and maintains the NIH Design Requirements Manual (DRM) to provide detailed requirements and guidance for biomedical research laboratory and animal research facilities in the U.S. DTR also oversees and provide technical and engineering support for the operations, maintenance, and quality assurance of the Bethesda Campus Central Utility Plant, Cogeneration Plant and the utilities distribution systems to ensure that utilities are delivered safely, efficiently and optimally.
Division of Environmental Protection (DEP)
The Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) works to protect and enhance the NIH environment.
Division of Budget and Financial Management (DBFM)
The Division of Budget and Financial Management is in charge of Business Support and Budget Development and Execution for ORF.
Division of Facilities Stewardship (DFS)
The Division of Facilities Stewardship (DFS) is charged with assessing and understanding the condition of NIH real property assets and their systems, developing and overseeing plans, budgets, and projects and programs for correcting deficiencies, serving as technical experts relative to buildings and their systems, and reviewing requests for approval of maintenance/repair projects that exceed identified thresholds.
Division of Design and Construction Management (DDCM)
The Division of Design and Construction Management (DDCM) works collaboratively with ICs to provide biomedical research facilities that support critical NIH research and to provide the support facilities for administration and management. DDCM oversees the design, construction, repair and renovation of all NIH facilities and utility systems and manages NIH real property. Provides support to branches, coordinates and manages program and project management, acquisition activities, reporting, required professional certifications, finance and budget. Manages major projects. Provides administrative oversight and support for DDCM.



This page was last updated on Apr 02, 2014