Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Second site for Berkeley lab sought

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Berkeley hills is asking developers to submit proposals for a 2 million square foot second campus within a 20-minute drive that will house some 800 scientists and employees. The lab currently houses those 800 employees, or 20 percent of its workforce, outside the main campus in a smattering of leased sites around the Bay Area in Emeryville, Walnut Creek, Oakland and west Berkeley at a cost that will rise to about $15 million a year in 2015, lab officials said Tuesday. Proposals from interested developers and cities are due in early March and the lab hopes to have a list by April, said lab spokesman Jeff Miller. The lab also hopes to pick a new site by June, with a move in date of sometime in 2015. More>