December 2010

ASBMB Headquarters to Be Relocated

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be relocating from its current headquarters on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology campus to a new, more modern, commercial space.


CRI Building
The new ASBMB headquarters will be housed on the third floor of the CRI Building, a property built in 1986 and occupied by attorneys, financial services groups and health providers.

The leadership of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has announced that the society’s headquarters, located for the past five decades in a historical house and one of its outbuildings in Bethesda, Md., will be relocated in May to a more modern commercial space a few miles away.

Barbara Gordon, the society’s executive director, said the decision to leave the charming Beaumont House was difficult but necessary. She said the new space, which will be reconfigured this spring to meet the society’s needs, will foster more efficient workflows and allow for growth.

“It’s been obvious for some time that we’ve simply outgrown this dear old house,” Gordon said of the stone mansion constructed in 1929 and acquired by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in 1954. “We are spread out between Beaumont House and the annex. That’s a couple dozen people across two buildings and five floors. In the new space, we’ll all be in the same building, all on the same floor, and it’s going to make a world of difference in how we get things done. ”

The 15,000-square-foot headquarters will be housed on the third floor of the CRI Building in Rockville, a property built in 1986 and occupied by attorneys, financial services groups, health care providers and the like. The building is about half a mile away from a metro stop and on the bus line. It’s also close to restaurants and retail stores.

For Nancy Rodnan, ASBMB’s director of publications, the move means finally having the entire publications staff in close proximity and giving the editorial support team, in particular, more room to grow if needed.

Beaumont House
ASBMB has been headquartered in an old stone mansion since 1954.

“We are a very close-knit group on a personal level, and we work very well together on a professional level, despite the fact that we’re housed all over the place. I’m looking forward to having my department all together. It will be really nice,” she said.

Still, leaving the lush 11-acre Beaumont Campus, named after distinguished American physician and pioneer physiologist William Beaumont, will not be easy, staffers said.

Its landscaping, architectural details and wildlife contribute to a warm, even homey, work environment that probably can’t be duplicated, said Gordon, who has worked at Beaumont House in one capacity or another for more than three decades. But, she said, old buildings also have their challenges, and the new space is going to be far more functional.

“The FASEB campus is quite beautiful, but the offices have a frat-house feel right now,” said ASBMB President Suzanne Pfeffer. “ASBMB’s terrific staff deserve a more professional work environment that will enable them to work optimally on behalf of all members.”

Angela Hopp (ahopp@asbmb.org) is managing editor for special projects at ASBMB.

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