The ARRA funded this expansion of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s battery research program. The project is a 4,500 square foot remodel of an aging laboratory facility into a dedicated battery and energy storage research facility. New power, clean rooms, HEPA filtration, fume hoods, hazardous materials handling and storage are included in the project. The separate lab rooms are envisioned to support a suite of research projects. A central utility core was upgraded for function and fire and life safety. Offices and a diesel generator utility building were included.
Battery research is an increasing focus at LBNL, as “batteries are an enabling technology that can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and allow for significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” (see LBL’s program website http://www.lbl.gov/Publications/recovery/projects.html).
G/A provided full architectural services, including programming, design and construction documents, management of M/E/P and structural engineers, and limited construction observation, working closely with LBNL’s design/build contractor.