NREL's Campus Expansion

We're expanding our campuses with new facilities and initiatives to advance research in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable power technologies, and energy systems integration to create a clean energy future.

Our construction and renovation projects will enable more cross-disciplinary research and partnership opportunities and new ways to scale up global technologies for the marketplace.

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Community Construction Impacts

Rendering of NREL's future Research and Innovation Laboratory.

Research and Innovation Laboratory

Construction is underway on the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) at NREL's South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colorado. When substantially completed in December 2022, RAIL will be a flexible, multipurpose lab space that supports cross-disciplinary research in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Traffic Impacts

  • Increased worker vehicle traffic via along Research Road with peak times of 6–7:30 a.m. and 3:30–4 p.m.
  • Heavy equipment and construction deliveries on Denver West Boulevard
  • Construction work hours of 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday–Friday*
  • No anticipated work on weekends or evenings*
  • No anticipated road closures throughout construction
  • No anticipated impacts to utilities (water, gas, electricity) in the surrounding neighborhoods.

*Although we do our best to keep to this schedule, there may be occasional work on evenings or weekends due to inclement weather or extenuating circumstances. If changes occur, we will make all efforts to minimize disruptive impacts to NREL's neighboring communities.