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Integrative Genomics Building

IGB northwest perspectiveThe Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) is proposed to be an approximately 81,000 gsf, four-story research and office building constructed in the former Bevatron area — a fully developed site in the geographic interior of the Berkeley Lab. The IGB is intended to accommodate two existing Department of Energy research programs currently residing in off-site leased space: The Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek and the Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) in Emeryville.

Consolidating existing biosciences research in the IGB would increase resource efficiencies and scientific synergies for the JGI and KBase programs. These programs include research initiatives in bioenergy, carbon cycle, biogeochemistry, and systems to promote computer modeling of gene and protein functions.

IGB southwest perspectiveThe IGB is being designed as a state of the art laboratory to accommodate 300+ occupants and would have a goal of a LEED Gold certification. Construction is expected to last three years, projected to be from 2016 to 2019. A modular utility plant would be constructed in the vicinity of the IGB to house water cooling systems, electrical distribution systems, etc.

The DOE has made a NEPA Categorical Exclusion determination for this project. The University of California LBNL prepared and publicly circulated an environmental analysis and checklist document to support CEQA coverage for the project under the 2006 Long-Range Development Plan and Environmental Impact Report. The UC Regents subsequently adopted CEQA Findings for and approved the project. Environmental documents can be found here.



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Biological & Environmental Program Integration Center

A Conceptual Design Report is currently being prepared for a new Biological & Environmental Program Integration Center (BioEPIC). The project is proposed for funding as a new start in fiscal year 2019.



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NERSC-9 Facilities Upgrade

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory proposes to install a next generation high-performance computing (supercomputing) system in the existing Shyh Wang Hall facility (LBNL Building 59; formerly known as “CRT”) at the LBNL main hill site in Berkeley, California. The new high-performance computing system, called “NERSC-9,” would support the continually increasing needs of scientists for complex simulation and data analysis. To support the mechanical and electrical demands of the new high-performance computing system, additional power, cooling, and distribution utilities and equipment would be installed to augment existing building systems. The project would not require changes to the existing building’s structure or occupancy. Facility upgrade work is scheduled to begin in fall of 2018. The NERSC-9 system would be installed in fall of 2020.

Critical Decision 1/3A (CD-1/3A, Approve Alternative Selection and Long Lead Procurements) for the project was approved on May 13, 2016. Critical Decision 2/3 (CD-2/3, Approve Performance Baseline and Start of Construction) is expected to be approved in summer 2018.

The DOE has made a categorical exclusion determination for this project. The University of California LBNL has prepared and publicly circulated an Environmental Impact Report for this project; the LBNL Director certified the project EIR under delegated authority. Additional information on the project and the EIR and CEQA efforts can be found here.



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Old Town Demolition

The demolition of Old Town Area Buildings 25A, 40, 41, 44, 44A, 44B, 52 and 52A made way for Chu Hall (Building 30) and a General Purpose Laboratory (Building 33). 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. Soil removal will be performed 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 (CD1, Selection of Alternatives) for the project was approved in October 2013. The project was divided into several phases with each phase addressing structure demolition, removal of contaminated soils associated with the structures, and stabilization of the affected areas. CD2/3 (Approve Performance Baseline and Approve Start of Construction/Execution) for Phase I was approved in November 2014.

Phase I, which included Buildings 5, 16, and 16A and the slabs of previously demolished Buildings 40, 41, 52, and 52A, is complete. Phase II, which is expected to include Buildings 4 and 14 and adjacent soils, is in planning. Phases III and IV, which include structures and contaminated soils in the Phase I areas but were not included in Phase I, are in progress. Additional Phases are dependent on available funding and would include Buildings 7 and 7C.

The DOE has made a NEPA Categorical Exclusion determination for this project. The University of California LBNL prepared an environmental analysis and checklist document to support CEQA coverage for the project under the 2006 Long-Range Development Plan and Environmental Impact Report. The UC Regents subsequently adopted CEQA Findings for the project.

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Seismic Upgrades: Phase 3

Additional seismic upgrades are being considered for Berkeley Lab as part of the Seismic Phase 3 project. This project has not yet been formally proposed, has not undergone NEPA and CEQA review, and is not yet funded.

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ALS HVAC Controls

The ALS HVAC Controls project is a $9M General Plant Projects-funded infrastructure improvement project. Objectives of the project are to: modify the Building 6 Experimental Hall reheat system to optimize thermal stability; complete the replacement of Building 6 HVAC controls system; replace the Building 34 HVAC controls system; upgrade/replace the Building 80 HVAC controls system; and perform various additional HVAC system modifications in Buildings 6, 34, 37, and 80 if budget and schedule allow.



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