Dennis Avenue Health Center (P641106)

  • Category: Health and Human Services
  • Sub Category: Health and Human Services
  • Administering Agency: General Services (AAGE29)
  • Planning Area: Kensington-Wheaton
  • Date Last Modified: 2/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Bids Let





The project provides for planning and design, and construction of a new building to replace the Dennis Avenue Health Center (DAHC), on the existing site adjoining the existing building. The existing facility which was built in the 1960's as an elementary school is both inadequate (undersized) in capacity and is not configured to serve as a health center. Currently, patients with infectious airborne diseases are using the same entry and air circulation as other patients (including immune compromised patients) and staff. Key building systems such as the structural system, perimeter skin walls, elevator, roof, HVAC and electrical systems have passed their useful service life. Numerous Americans with Disabilities Act related improvements are required and egress stairs are undersized. The new facility will provide approximately 51,000 gross square feet to address the space shortage and building deficiencies identified in the Program of Requirements (POR) without service interruption, reduction, or loss of these vital health services during construction. Programs will be configured to work efficiently and avoid potential cross contamination of users and staff (spread of communicable disease) due to location and proximity of incompatible programs.


2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902


The center handles 1 out of every 150 cases of tuberculosis in the entire US. Currently, DAHC handles 74,700 patient visits per year with 115 employees. In 1984, the center (the same building size) handled 7,000 patient visits per year with 35 employees.

Estimated Schedule

The design phase for this project started during the summer of 2011 and is estimated to last two years. Construction is scheduled to begin in FY14.


DAHC provides several highly sensitive programs such as Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, Immunization Program, Disease Control, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Services, Communicable Disease and Epidemiology, HIV Services, and Tuberculosis Control Program. DAHC service demand has been growing steadily while the facility space capacity has remained unchanged and the facility has aged. The 2008 Health and Human Services Strategic Facility Plan identified the need for additional space for program growth. The DAHC POR provided preliminary feasibility study and existing building condition assessment. The POR calls for the need to build a new 30,714 programmable area space facility to meet year 2015 space requirement.

Fiscal Note 

The County is pursuing State support for this project.


A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project.


Department of Health and Human Services, Department of General Services

Special Capital Projects Legislation was enacted on June 25 2013 and signed into law on July 8, 2013 (Bill No.17-13).