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News Release: NREL Selects Contractor for New Research Support Facility

August 2, 2006

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected J.E. Dunn Rocky Mountain Construction to design and construct the first phase of the Laboratory’s new Research Support Facilities (RSF).  The value of the contract is $9.4 million, appropriated by the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress in FY2006.

The RSF will integrate energy-saving design and building practices and showcase the latest renewable energy and energy efficiency technology advances. The RSF will explore the limits of cost-competitive, high-performance building design and construction while striving to achieve a "Platinum" Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating.

The RSF will consist of several modules designed and constructed sequentially, with the number of modules subject to funding availability. The modules will be built on NREL’s main campus across from the Laboratory’s Solar Energy Research Facility and are expected to house as many as 780 employees.

“The Research Support Facility is a critical piece in the development of NREL’s campus as a showcase for renewable energy and energy efficiency innovation. This building will be one more example of how the Department of Energy and NREL put into practice the technologies developed at the Laboratory,” Director Dan Arvizu said. 

The contract starts this month, and construction is expected to be completed in July 2008.

NREL's newest building, the Science & Technology Facility, opened July 7. It is on track for a Gold LEED rating and recently was awarded the Jefferson County (Colo.) Commissioners’ Award for Design Excellence.

NREL is the DOE's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

—George Douglas