The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory dedicated its newest building, the Energy Sciences Center, at 3340 Horn Rapids Road, in October. Completion is expected over the coming winter.
The 140,000-square-foot facility has space for 52 research laboratories, including flexible and collaborative spaces, conference rooms and offices for 250 PNNL staff, as well as visiting scientists and engineers.
The building incorporates energy-and water-reducing features and maximizes natural light. Waste heat generated by computers and research equipment in an adjacent building will help heat the building.
The $90 million budget was approved by Congress, with funding coming from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science and its Science Laboratories Infrastructure program. The state of Washington appropriated $5 million through its Clean Energy fund to support the project, which is at the intersection with Stevens Drive.
The Energy Sciences Center is focused on scientific discovery in chemistry, materials science and computing and is meant to position of the U.S. as a leader in clean energy research and decarbonization strategies.
PNNL oversaw the project. It was designed and constructed by a Houston-based partnership of Harvey Cleary Builders and Kirksey Architecture.
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