From the Director: Get Ready to Move!
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:
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.
As we upgrade space at the lab, we will be moving to the Stanford University guidelines for new space and, where possible, in our utilization of old space. Since SLAC titles differ from the SU titles, SLAC will adopt the Stanford guidelines as they best apply to SLAC. The SLAC guidelines are as follows:
One of the most challenging aspects of allocating office space for staff has to do with determining which staff members should have a private office and which should have a cubicle or open office environment. Private offices have historically been heavily favored at the lab. In this area we will also be using the Stanford guidelines, especially in this near term era when space will be extremely tight.
I realize that this upcoming space crunch will be challenging for all of us in the near term, but the results in the longer term will be worth the struggle to get there!