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Old Town Demolition

The demolition of Old Town Area Buildings 25A, 40, 41, 44, 44A, 44B, 52 and 52A has been completed to make way for the construction of the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) and a General Purpose Laboratory (GPL). A phased plan has been developed to abate and demolish the remaining buildings within the Old Town Area, namely Buildings 4, 5, 7, 7C, 14, 16 and 16A. Subsurface remediation is subsequently planned to take place to address existing subsurface contamination. The demolition of the subject buildings is part of an overall plan to remediate and redevelop the Old Town area of the Lab.

Critical Decision 1 (CD-1, Selection of Alternatives) was approved in October 2013 and $19.4M of funding has been approved for the characterization, deactivation, abatement, demolition and soil remediation of Buildings 5, 16 and 16A and for removal of the concrete slabs, footings and soil remediation of previously demolished buildings 40, 41, 52 and 52A. The demolition and soil remediation of Buildings 4, 7, 7C and 14 is deferred until further funding is available. Project schedule is dependent upon receipt of funding.

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Seismic Upgrades: Phase 2

GPL artist's renderingThe Seismic Phase 2 project includes: modernization of Building 74 for the Earth Sciences Division; construction of a new 43,000 gsf General Purpose Laboratory, which will be LEED Gold certified; seismic upgrades and slope stabilization of Building 85, the site-wide Hazardous Waste Handling Facility; and demolition of seismically “very poor” and “poor” (University of California Seismic Rating) space to offset the new construction square footage. Go here for more information.

The Final NEPA Environmental Assessment for the Seismic Phase 2B Project can be found here.

The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in compliance with CEQA, for the Seismic Phase 2B Project can be found here.


Seismic Upgrades: Phase 3

Additional seismic upgrades are proposed for Berkeley Lab as part of the Seismic Phase 3 project. This project is not yet funded.


User Test Bed Facility/FLEXLAB

Test bed facility rendering

The User Test Bed Facility/FLEXLAB project will create integrated building technology energy efficiency test beds at the Building 90 site. The project includes construction of eight new test beds in front of Building 90 and renovation of office space on the fourth floor of Building 90 for a lighting and plug load test bed. The project also included demolition of outdated office trailers located in front of Building 90 to create the site for the new test beds.

Go here for program information.