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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.

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:

ALD up to 220 sq ft
Faculty up to 160 sq ft
Division Director up to 160 sq ft
Department/Group Lead up to 140 sq ft
Supervisor up to 120 sq ft
Non-supervisory Staff up to 100 sq ft
Student/Visitor/User up to 80 sq ft

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!

—Persis Drell
SLAC Today, February 19, 2010