CPSC Announces Grand Opening of New State-of-the-Art National Product Testing and Evaluation Center
CPSC secured the site for the new center in 2009. The new center has 63,000 square feet of office and lab space. Lab space has increased nearly 250 percent—from just 13,000 square feet at the former lab—to 32,000 square feet in the new center. New equipment, such as an ATV tilt table that will measure ATV road stability, and test chambers to conduct mattress flammability testing and carbon monoxide alarm testing, expands CPSC's in-house testing capabilities.
Special "green" efforts were made, including diverting more than 50 percent of the construction waste away from landfills, adding efficient plumbing to reduce potable water use by 35 percent and using 95 percent of recycled wood cabinetry from the existing lab. The agency saved millions of dollars in construction and future operations costs by upgrading the previous tenant's HVAC system.
The National Product Testing and Evaluation Center is located at 5 Research Place in Rockville, Md.
For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov.