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News Release: NREL To Build Research Support Facility

April 19, 2006

Golden, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today issued a request for proposals for design and construction of a state-of-the-art office building for the laboratory's South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colo.

NREL's vision is to design and build 210,000 square feet of research support facilities that would house approximately 780 staff who currently work in leased space at the Denver West Office Park. The facilities would integrate high performance design and building practices and showcase the latest renewable energy and energy efficiency technology advances.

"We envision this facility as one that will capture the public's imagination for the renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that NREL develops," said Dan E. Arvizu, NREL's director.

The laboratory plans call for a multiphase approach, with the first phase being the design and construction of the first building in 2006-2007. Ten million dollars in funding for this phase was appropriated by the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress in FY2006.

"We applaud the leadership and foresight exhibited by Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy who are investing in NREL's and America's future energy security," Arvizu said. "We are also grateful for the support of the Colorado Congressional delegation, and especially for the efforts of Congressman Bob Beauprez, who last year helped secure this 'down payment' on NREL's Research Support Facilities complex."

The research support facilities are another step in developing NREL's 327-acre campus on South Table Mountain just west of Denver, Colo. The Laboratory has a multi-year vision for the site that includes construction of several buildings that will make NREL's campus a world showcase for renewable energy and energy efficiency innovation. Currently, NREL is finishing construction of a 71,000 sq. ft. Science and Technology Facility that will enable scientists to work alongside industry partners in a research environment that will significantly accelerate the movement of new energy technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Copies of the solicitation for bids are available.

—Sarah Barba