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 project will increase the synergy and efficiency of biosciences and other research at LBNL by consolidating some research operations into a single on campus location. This project will relocate ongoing research operations currently located in commercially leased space and disparate on-site locations and will house a world-unique, flagship DOE capability enabling the discovery of causal biotic and abiotic contributions to ecosystem functions. An internal Cost Review (ICR) has been scheduled for February 2019 and a DOE Internal Project Review (IPR) for CD-1 approval is scheduled for mid-March. More information.
Integrative Genomics Building: IGB is an 80,880 GSF laboratory/office building under construction to house the JGI and KBase programs. Interior glazing and wall framing were completed in the fall of 2018, and metal exterior siding work is in progress. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2019. 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, II, III: Fieldwork and planning on phases I, II, and III were completed in Fall 2018. Portions of the completed demolition area were paved for parking and will be used during upcoming project phases for waste packaging and material staging. More information.
Old Town Demolition, Phase IV: Phase IV fieldwork is continuing and the major remaining activities are backfill and earthen retaining wall installation. Completion of Phase IV is expected in 2019. More information.
Old Town Demolition, Future Phases: Upcoming future phases include removal of Buildings 4 and 14 and remediation of the surrounding areas. Building 4 has been readied in preparation for field activities to begin. Fieldwork will begin with utility isolations, followed by the characterization of the building and soils to determine the extent of hazardous materials such as lead, asbestos, and mercury that are present. The schedule for these future phase activities has not been finalized. 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. A conceptual design is being developed for SSM with the goal of achieving DOE Critical Decision (CD) 1 approval of alternative selection and cost range in September 2019. More information.
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