The demolition of Old Town Area Buildings 25A, 40, 41, 44, 44A, 44B, 52 and 52A has been completed to make way for the construction of 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. Subsurface remediation is subsequently planned to take place 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) was approved in October 2013 and $19.4M of funding has been approved for the characterization, deactivation, abatement, demolition and soil remediation of Buildings 5, 16 and 16A and for removal of the concrete slabs, footings and soil remediation of previously demolished buildings 40, 41, 52 and 52A. 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.
The Seismic Phase 2 project includes: modernization of Building 74 for the Earth Sciences Division; construction of a new 43,000 gsf General Purpose Laboratory, which will be LEED Gold certified; seismic upgrades and slope stabilization of Building 85, the site-wide Hazardous Waste Handling Facility; and demolition of seismically “very poor” and “poor” (University of California Seismic Rating) space to offset the new construction square footage. Go here for more information.
The Final NEPA Environmental Assessment for the Seismic Phase 2B Project can be found here.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in compliance with CEQA, for the Seismic Phase 2B Project can be found here.
Additional seismic upgrades are proposed for Berkeley Lab as part of the Seismic Phase 3 project. This project is not yet funded.
The User Test Bed Facility project is located in and in front of Building 90 and will create six new integrated building technology energy efficiency test beds. The project includes: construction of four test beds consisting of two test cells each located at grade on the site in front of Building 90; renovation of existing space located on the 1st and 4th floors of Building 90 to create two test beds; and demolition of modular office trailers in front of Building 90 to create the site for the exterior test beds.
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