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From the Director: Get Ready to Move!
Around SLAC: Safety for Dummies

SLAC Today

Friday - February 19, 2010

From the Director: Get Ready to Move!

(Photo - Persis Drell)
(Photo by Harvey Lynch.)

Really… this is great news! Over the next three years, over half the staff of the lab (over 800 of you) will move into either new or renovated space at SLAC. Old trailers will be torn down to make way for new buildings. Existing buildings will be renovated and a completely new building will be completed on the ring road across from the LCLS near hall.

The major pieces of the SLAC space upgrades are:

  • We are renovating Buildings 40, 41, and 28. Some parts of Building 40 will be ready for move in this summer and the other renovated space will become available in 2011 and 2012.
  • The new LCLS office building (Building 901) on the PEP ring road will open this spring.
  • The Research Support Building next to building 50 will be ready for occupancy in 2012.
  • Along the way more than 30 old trailers will be eliminated.

However, this is not going to be painless. Office space is already tight and it will get tighter as major buildings are renovated. Some of you will need to move more than once before the dust all settles. Everyone, whether moving to a new location or not, will be affected by the upcoming space crunch we will experience as we try to get all this accomplished. SLAC's Facilities Division will be providing support to move staff across the lab so as to minimize the disruption of normal work activities at SLAC. 

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Around SLAC: Safety for Dummies

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(Photo by Julie Karceski.)

During January, in a coordinated effort between SLAC and the Palo Alto Fire Department, teams practiced retrieving a dummy suspended from the crane in End Station B. This staged "emergency" helped both SLAC and the fire department understand the challenges and logistics of dealing with a high-angle rescue. SLAC Assistant Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator Lance Lougee worked with the fire department to organize the effort.

(Photo)
(Photo by Julie Karceski.)

"SLAC has a number of places where people work at an elevation," Lougee said. "They're not accessible by fire trucks." This helped firefighters prepare for rescues in spaces where they cannot simply roll in their trucks and ladders.

Over the course of three mornings, different teams used careful coordination to lower the dummy safely from its precarious position to the ground. Strapped into a harness and dangling from the crane, the pink plastic dummy made quite a sight in End Station B.

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