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LCLS Office Building Completed
Richter to Speak on Nuclear Power May 5

SLAC Today

Tuesday - April 27, 2010

LCLS Office Building Completed

Building 901.
(Photo by Brad Plummer.)

Good news for SLAC office space! Building 901, the new Linac Coherent Light Source office building, is complete—on schedule and on budget.

When occupants move in later this spring, the building's 22,000 square feet will provide workspace for about 90 staff members, students and faculty—as well as LCLS users from around the world. The two-story building is located off PEP Ring Road, just across from the Near Experimental Hall.

Building 901 is not only SLAC's newest building, but it will likely also be SLAC's first LEED certified building. The U.S. Green Building Council, which confers LEED certification, is still in the process of validating SLAC's application, but Project Manager Lori Plummer said that she expects the building to receive Gold certification soon. That's thanks to the photovoltaic panels on the roof, bike lockers near the entrance, electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot, automatically dimming lights and many other environmentally friendly features.

Green-certified furniture, as well as internet and phone lines, will be installed over the next few weeks in preparation for occupancy in early summer. From the start of construction through move-in, the building will have taken less than 12 months to complete.

"This was possible because the project was very well-run," said Jess Albino, director of LCLS civil construction. "Many, many SLAC departments needed to coordinate and cooperate to make this happen. Everyone involved deserves a round of applause. They went above and beyond."  Read more...

(Photo - Burton Richter)

Richter to Speak on Nuclear Power May 5

Next Wednesday, May 5, SLAC Director Emeritus Burton Richter will present a public talk, "Nuclear Power: How, Why, Barriers," at 4:15 p.m. on Stanford University campus.

Richter's book, Beyond Smoke and Mirrors, is now available. It is written for the non-expert and goes over climate change, energy options and policy options. Nuclear energy is one of the options discussed and that will be the main focus of this seminar.

Nuclear energy as a source of electricity is growing worldwide. In Europe, even Germany is reconsidering its commitment to shut down its nuclear plants soon. Other countries like Italy, which abandoned its nuclear energy program after the Chernobyl accident, are returning to nuclear power as a way to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets. In Asia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea are undergoing a major nuclear energy expansion, some because of the need for more secure energy supplies, others for reasons similar to Europe's. Opponents of nuclear energy cite four issues: cost, radiation and accident potential, waste disposal, and risk of more proliferation of weapons. All of these issues will be reviewed.

Richter, the Paul Pigott Professor of Physical Sciences emeritus at Stanford University and lab director emeritus at SLAC, is a Nobel laureate in physics and specialized in elementary particle physics. His current work emphasizes science policy and energy supply issues, particularly nuclear energy.

Please join in for a book signing and reception following the talk, which is free and open to all. See the Energy Seminar page for further details.

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