Lawrence National Lab Adds 'Green' Facility

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With dual-flush toilets and state-of-the-art experiment space, the new Advanced Light Source User Support Building will provide office and laboratory space for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Sept. 13, replacing its 1940s-era predecessor.

The new building, in the final stages of completion about three months ahead of schedule, is a partner facility to the adjacent Advanced Light Source, one of the brightest ultraviolet light sources in the world. The light source, which is used to study the structure of materials at the atomic and molecular levels, attracts about 2,000 researchers a year from all over the world and is the site of research for four previous Nobel prizes.

Up until now, scientists visiting the facility were given offices in a "subpar" facility, according to Steve Rossi, the Advanced Light Source project and facility management group leader.

"(The new building) is certainly going to improve the quality of their life while they're here," he said. "They've had subpar facilities for many, many years, and now they're getting a state-of-the-art facility."

Rossi added that the larger space of the building - 30,000 square feet as opposed to 13,000 square feet - allocates room for 80 offices as well as laboratory space for scientists wishing to use the Advanced Light Source in their research.

The $35 million User Support Building was partially funded with $14.7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Julie Chao, spokesperson for the lab, said these funds allowed the project to be completed three months ahead of time and saved the lab about $500,000.

The money saved will be used in part to make the building energy-efficient, with an ultimate of receiving a gold certification from Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, the green building certification system, Chao said.

"It was built to be extremely eco-friendly," Chao said. "For example, because of the large windows, it was designed to take advantage of natural light, which reduces the need for electrical lighting. And there is a heat repowering system that takes excess heat that is generated by the computer servers and uses that to heat the water."

The green measures will not all be implemented before the researchers move in next week, Rossi said. Rather, they are expected to be fully in place by November, at which point the labs will submit an application for certification.

David Robin, a senior scientist in the field of accelerated physics at Berkeley lab, said the new facility will improve communication among members of department, who are currently spread out over multiple floors and buildings.

Since his work involves producing the Advanced Light Source, close proximity both to fellow researchers and to the light source itself is important, he said.

"We're really excited," Robin said. "It's a nice building, and we'll have the whole group together. And it's got modern earthquake standards, which is refreshing.


Claire Perlman covers research and ideas. Contact her at [email protected]

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