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

Construction is nearly complete on the Research and Innovation Laboratory at NREL's South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colorado. The Research and Innovation Laboratory will be a flexible, multipurpose lab space that supports cross-disciplinary research in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

While construction is nearly complete, there may still be heavy equipment deliveries on Denver West Boulevard through fall.

The Global Energy Park (Glo Park) is a 9-acre site the state of Colorado plans to develop into the epicenter of collaboration among industry, government, and academia to research and create global renewable energy and decarbonization technologies.

The state of Colorado envisions Glo Park as a global destination for energy collaboration with the added benefit of being just south of NREL's Golden, Colorado, campus. HATCHspaces and NexCore Companies will develop the facility.

Stakeholders in the state-led public-private visioning team include representatives from federal, state, and local government, nongovernmental organizations, community groups, industry and business, higher education institutions, the U.S. Department of Energy, and NREL.

To learn more, watch the Glo Park video or read our Glo Park fact sheet.

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.