Berkeley Lab’s mission crosses over into many diverse scientific areas and as a result, its building portfolio ranges from supercomputing facilities, genetic sequencing labs, laser labs, and office space to support facilities that include the Berkeley Lab Guest House, cafeteria, and fire station. The Projects and Infrastructure Modernization Division oversees a variety of small to large scale projects ranging from infrastructure upgrades and retrofits to new facilities budgeted at $100M+. A select group of current and near-term construction projects are shown and described below.
Major Construction Projects Planned or Under Construction
BioEPIC: The Biological & Environmental Program Integration Center (BioEPIC) is a proposed new 73,000 gsf research and office building to be constructed at the Bayview site. BioEPIC is intended to house complementary DOE research programs from the Biosciences and Earth and Environmental Sciences Areas in a unique state-of-the-art laboratory facility. Co-location would increase resource efficiencies and enhance scientific program synergies to leverage existing strengths and emerging technologies which will allow significant progress in advancing the understanding of how microbial communities respond to and shape environmental systems. Construction is expected to last two years, projected to be from 2021 to 2023. More information.
Integrated Genomics Building (IGB): The new home of Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and Knowledge Base (KBase) is now located in a 81,000 sf research and office building. Occupancy began in November 2019 and the project completed its CD-4 DOE IPR in January 2020. More information.
NERSC-9 Facilities Upgrade: NERSC-9 is a project to acquire and deploy an HPC system for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science research community in the 2020 timeframe. The pre-exascale system will sustain the support of the entire spectrum of SC research at NERSC, in addition to enabling early exploration of key concepts and technologies for future exascale systems. The scope of the project includes defining system requirements by preparing the Technical Requirements document, acquiring a system (including selecting, negotiation and awarding a contract to a vendor), design and construction of facility modifications to support the installation of NERSC-9, including upgrades to power and cooling, preparing users for the system and its programming model and ultimately installing, integrating, testing and accepting the system. NERSC-9 reached DOE Critical Decision (CD) 2/3 in September 2018. More information.
Old Town Demolition, Phases I through V: Fieldwork on Phases I thru V is completing February 2020. This work included structural demolition of former buildings (5, 16, 16A, 4, 14), underground utility removal, and soil remediation. Portions of the completed demolition area have been paved for parking and are being used during upcoming project phases for subcontractor waste packaging, and equipment/material staging. More information.
Old Town Demolition, Phases VI and VII: Old Town cleanup will complete with structural demo of Buildings 7/7C scheduled thru fall 2020 (Phase VII) and removal of legacy foundation slabs, underground utilities, and soil remediation of the footprint areas of former buildings 4 and 14 (Phase VI) tentatively scheduled thru fall 2021. Fieldwork will begin April 2020 with hazardous material abatement for Buildings 7/7C followed by structural demo summer 2020. More information.
CMLC Site Water Line Replacement: CMLC Site Water Line Replacement will replace up to 9,700 l.f. of existing CMLC supply water piping that is over 50 years old and poses significant risk to the Lab mission and operations. Potholing to verify location of utilities was completed in December and construction design drawings are currently under review. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2019 and be completed in September 2020. More information.
Seismic Safety & Modernization (SSM): The SSM project proposal is a multi-year planning and construction effort intended to address seismic safety issues and emergency response capabilities specifically related to the Cafeteria, Health Services facility, and the Fire House at LBNL. More information.
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