March 22, 2002

Lab's new research facility will break ground in April

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held April 4 for a new International Security Research Facility at the Laboratory.
The new research center will be used by Laboratory scientists to conduct state-of-the-art analysis on national security threats posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The two-story, 64,000-square-foot building will be constructed on the west side of the Laboratory, north of Mesquite Way and west of Avenue A.

Benicia-based Lathrop Construction Associates Inc., has been selected as the contractor for the project, which is due to be completed in early 2004, with occupancy later that year.

Total estimated cost for the project is $24.6 million.

The International Security Research Facility will be the new home for the Nonproliferation, Arm Control and International Security (NAI) Directorate’s International Assessments Program, plus other elements of NAI and the Laboratory involved in global security and counterproliferation research and analysis.

The April 4 groundbreaking will begin at 10 a.m.