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Cooling Tower 101 Deconstruction
Director's Workgroup Meetings

SLAC Today

Wednesday - March 24, 2010

Cooling Tower 101 Deconstruction

A huge yellow excavator chomped its way through metal and wood as the demolition of Cooling Tower 101 began on Wednesday, March 10. SLAC employees passing by the intersection of Loop and Target Roads saw various stages of the tower's demise, also caught here on both video and still camera. The demolition and replacement work is being executed carefully and systematically by contractor WL Butler and their subcontractors, with support from the SLAC Facilities Division, Environment, Safety & Health Division, Procurement, Finance, Project Management Office and SLAC Site Office.

The excavator lifts a piece of the tower's fan shroud.
(Photo by Julie Karceski.)

"The Cooling Tower project got off to a rocky start," said Sandy Merola, SLAC's Chief Operations Officer, referring to previous plans to get the tricky project underway. "Our current success can be credited to Craig Ferguson's leadership, combined with the ability of our staff to turn this around and the spirit of support and partnership from the SLAC Site Office."

(Photo by Julie Karceski.)

CT-101 is the last of the original cooling towers at SLAC and was built in the 1960s. The tower re-circulates water to cool air compressors, low-conductivity water systems and chillers for air conditioning to many critical buildings, including Buildings 50 (computing), 84, and 44. So replacing the tower while keeping SLAC cool has proven difficult, but necessary.

Read more and see the time-lapse video...

Director's Workgroup Meetings

(Photo - Persis Drell)
(Photo by Linda Cicero.)

I will be holding work group meetings the week of March 29. These sessions will provide you the opportunity to speak face-to-face with me about anything on your mind. Meetings will be organized by last name across all directorates so that all can hear the different nature of lab wide concerns and issues (schedule below). Due to seating limitations in Kavli Auditorium, please try to attend during the time designated by your last name. I look forward to hearing from you at these work group meetings.

Last names beginning:

A - B: Monday, March 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
C - D: Monday, March 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
E - G: Monday, March 29, 2:15-3:15 p.m.
H - J: Wednesday, March 31, 09:30-10:30 a.m.
K - L: Wednesday, March 31, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
M - N: Friday, April 2, 09:00-10:00 a.m.
O - R: Friday, April 2, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
S - T: Friday, April 2, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
U - Z: Friday, April 2, 2:15-3:15 p.m.


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