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Integrative Genomics Building

IGB northwest perspectiveThe Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) is proposed to be an approximately 80,000 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 (DOE) 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.

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 and Occupancy are expected to last three years, projected to be from 2016 to 2019.

The DOE has issued a categorical exclusion for this project under NEPA. Lawrence Berkeley Lab submitted the Environmental Assessment and Check List for Regents Acceptance under CEQA; the Regents approved the CEQA Findings. Environmental documents can be found here.



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 2017. The NERSC-9 system would be installed in 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 2/3B (CD-2/3B, Approve Performance Baseline and Start of Construction) is expected to be approved in FY 2018.

The DOE has issued a categorical exclusion for this project under NEPA. Additional information on the project and the status of the EIR and CEQA efforts can be found here.


Old Town Demolition

The demolition of Old Town Area Buildings 25A, 40, 41, 44, 44A, 44B, 52 and 52A made way for 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. 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 (CD-1, Selection of Alternatives) for the project was approved in October 2013. The project was divided into three phases with each phase addressing structure demolition, removal of contaminated soils associated with the structures, and stabilization of the affected areas. Phase I includes Buildings 5, 16, and 16A and the slabs of previously demolished Buildings 40, 41, 52, and 52A; Phase II includes Buildings 4 and 14; Phase III includes Buildings 7 and 7C. Planning for Phase I has been completed, and CD-2/3 (Approve Performance Baseline and Approve Start of Construction/Execution) for Phase I was approved in November 2014. Planning for Phase II has begun. 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 3

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


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.