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Building 51 and Bevatron Demolition

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Project Description

Building 51, which houses the Bevatron, is an approximately 125,000 gross-square-foot, steel-frame structure built in the early 1950s. The building is located in the west-central part of Berkeley Lab and occupies approximately 2.25 acres. During its operation from 1954 until 1993, the Bevatron was among the world’s leading particle accelerators, and during the 1950s and 1960s, four Nobel Prizes were awarded for work conducted in whole or in part there.

The objective of the project is to remove a substandard building and its contents. Neither the Bevatron nor Building 51 are needed by the Lab. Building 51 is seismically inadequate, old, and deteriorating. Demolition would free up the site for future development, although no specific plan or project has been identified. Demolition is expected to span from August 2008 to October 2011.

Additional Information

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently issued environmental documents for proposed activities. These are listed below in reverse chronological order, with the most recently issued documents listed at the top.

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Environmental Assessment for the Building 51
and Bevatron Demolition at Berkeley Lab

  Note: In order to ease download times, the Environmental Assessment for the Building 51 and Bevatron Demolition has been broken up into separate files.  
Date Issued Title of Document Comment Period
(if applicable)
July 10, 2009 PDF icon7/10/2009 letter to Berkeley City Council  
April 3, 2008 PDF iconFINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT - PROPOSED DEMOLITION OF BUILDING 51 AND THE BEVATRON AT LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY, BERKELEY CALIFORNIA  
March, 2008 PDF iconFULL DOCUMENT - Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron  
March, 2008 PDF iconCOVER PAGE, PREFACE, TABLE OF CONTENTS, CHAPTER 1.0 - Executive Summary; CHAPTER 2.0 - Purpose and Need  
March, 2008 PDF iconCHAPTER 3.0 - Description of Proposed Action and Alternatives  
March, 2008 PDF iconCHAPTER 4.0 - Affected Environment  
March, 2008 PDF iconCHAPTERS 5.0 - Environmental Consequences; 6.0 - Bibliography; 7.0 - Persons and Agencies Consulted; 8.0 - Acronyms  
March, 2008 PDF iconAPPENDICES A - Standard (Required) LBNL Project Features; B - MOA; C - Socioeconomic Analysis; D - Environmental Justice Analysis; E - Revisions to the Draft Environmental Assessment  
March, 2008 PDF iconAPPENDIX F - Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment and Responses to Comments  
March, 2008 PDF iconAPPENDICES G - Bevatron Final EIR Technical Memorandum, July 5, 2007; H - Response to Letter of Concern from the Public Regarding the National Historic Preservation Act; I - National Park Service Acceptance of Historic American Engineering Record for Building 51/51A, Bevatron Building  

 

Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR

  Note: In order to ease download times, the Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR has been broken up into separate files.  
Date Issued Title of Document Comment Period
(if applicable)
July 5, 2007 pdf iconCHAPTERS I (Introduction), II (Revisions to the Draft EIR), III (Comments on the Draft EIR), Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR  
July 5, 2007 pdf iconCHAPTER IV (Responses to Comments on the Draft EIR), Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR  
July 5, 2007 pdf iconCHAPTER V (Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program) and Appendices, Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR  


Date Issued Title of Document Comment Period
(if applicable)
4-18-06 Extension of Public Comment Period
3-21-06
to
5-22-06
3-21-06 Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron
3-21-06
to
5-22-06
10-21-05 Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition
10-21-05
to
12-07-05
3-29-05 pdf iconErrata Sheet - Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Demolition of Building 51 and Bevatron
3-16-05
to
4-16-05
3-15-05 pdf iconNotice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Demolition of Building 51 and Bevatron
3-16-05
to
4-16-05
10-27-03 pdf iconRevised Notice of Preparation and Errata Sheet of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan 10-28-03
to
11-26-03
10-27-03 pdf iconFIGURE 1: Revised Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan 10-28-03
to
11-26-03
10-27-03 pdf iconFIGURE 2: Revised Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan 10-28-03
to
11-26-03
10-27-03 pdf iconFIGURE 3: Revised Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan 10-28-03
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11-26-03
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