As part of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s plan to modernize its campus, it start construction on a new 20,000-sq.-ft. collaboration center this year.
PNNL went out to bid on the project in late January and will name the general contractor in mid-April.
Greg Koller, PNNL’s manager of external communications, said they also hope to have a new name for the facility by then — the term ‘collaboration center’ is being used temporarily.
Construction is expected to start this year and could be complete in the fall of 2017.
The facility will allow PNNL to foster more scientific collaboration between staff and those at other scientific institutions. It will also be used to host scientific and technical meetings that can include tours of PNNL lab space and equipment, as well as serving as a collaborative hub for internal staff.
Dr. Steven Ashby, PNNL’s lab director, talked about the need for the new facility during his talk at TRIDEC’s 2016 Economic Outlook, which was in January at TRAC.
“We have about 2,000 visitors annually,” he said.