In 2012, NIST’s Engineering Laboratory will complete construction of a new structural fire resistance testing facility with unique capability to test large scale structural elements, systems, and their connections in the fire condition. The goal of the facility is to serve as a center of excellence for fire performance of structures ranging in size from small components to large systems up to 2 stories in height. The laboratory will be led, managed and operated as a collaborative facility through a public- private partnership between NIST and industry, academia, and other government agencies.
NIST has asked the Fire Protection Research Foundation to assist in developing a prioritized research agenda for work in the new facility. Over the past year, the Foundation has assembled input from a variety of industry stakeholders. This workshop is designed to review and further develop that input to develop a NIST's Engineering Laboratory prioritized national agenda for work in the new facility. Industry leaders have been asked to provide their perspective on needs; you are invited to participate in the dialogue from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday September 8, 2011 at NIST’s Engineering Laboratory, Building 224, in Gaithersburg, MD. A tour of the site of the new facility will be provided at the end of the day.
We invite your participation; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your attendance plans no later than September 1st.