The Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has outgrown its britches in the hills above UC Berkeley and is beginning the search for a second campus in the East Bay. With a workforce that currently stands at around 4,200 employees, some of whom are spread out between locations around downtown Oakland, Walnut Creek, Emeryville and West Berkeley, the lab aims to encourage collaboration by consolidating the faculty and creating a little more room to stretch its legs before the promise of new funding creates that wave of Green Collar jobs we've been hearing about.
An RFP will go out in December with the goal of choosing the new location by next summer and moving in by 2015. Although the lab will consider locations as far North as Richmond or as far South as Alameda, COO Jim Krupnick mentioned in a meeting earlier this week that the new campus would need to be "no more than a 20 minute drive" from the main lab. Presumably that's just enough time to get from one campus to the other before your electric Smart car needs to be plugged in again.
- Contributor Andrew Dalton
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