NREL's Campus Construction Projects

We're enhancing our campuses with new facilities and collaborations 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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Construction Impacts

NREL's Energy Materials and Processing at Scale facility—to be located on the east end of the laboratory's Golden, Colorado, campus—will be a 127,000-ft2 signature facility that rapidly minimizes barriers to scaling up new energy, materials, devices, and processes. The laboratory design will facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to materials R&D by providing opportunities for engineers, scientists, and industry partners to work together in shared laboratory facilities to greatly accelerate process scale-up and market adoption of the advanced energy materials needed for a clean energy transition.

JE Dunn Construction was selected, in partnership with SmithGroup, as the design-build team for the facility. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2024 and be complete in 2027.

In January 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy took possession of a section of Camp George West—a former military base just south of NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus—making the space a new NREL-managed resource known as the South Table Mountain Energy Park (STEP).

STEP will be a hub for startups, entrepreneurs, and new innovations to help move the latest research and products closer to commercialization.

NREL is working closely with the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office on a forthcoming STEP campus master plan that will outline short-, mid-, and long-term developments.