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Integrative Genomics Building

Project Manager: Jack Heffernan

The Integrative Genomics Building (IGB) is proposed to be an approximately 80,000 gsf, four-story research and office building — 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.

The 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.


Old Town Demolition

Project Manager: Ted Mankowski

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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Fire Protection

Protective Services is working on initiatives to improve fire protection at Berkeley Lab. These include
• preparing FireSAFE plan to upgrade Fire and Life Safety alarm and detection system;
• replacing Hazardous Waste Handling Facility Fire Alarm System
• replacing the Laboratory’s Central Fire Alarm Station.
As of January 2016, the number of general improvements being pursued was over 3800 items.
For more information, contact Al Benitez.