Monday, March 14, 2011

Berkeley lab gets 21 proposals for second site

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Berkeley hills has received 21 proposals from developers around the Bay Area to create a second campus on 2-million square feet where 800 scientists and other employees would work. Land owners in Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, Oakland, Alameda, Dublin Richmond and Walnut Creek submitted proposals. The labs are out of space in the Berkeley hills. About 20 percent of the approximately 4,200 employees are at four other sites in Oakland, Emeryville, Walnut Creek and Berkeley. The second campus would consolidate all of those. The lab, giving no explanation, refused to release a list of all 21 proposals. Spokesman Jon Weiner said the organization hopes to have a shortlist of three to five acceptable sites by mid April. The deadline for proposals was Friday. More>