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Monday, May 9, 2011

Emeryville Selected As 1 Of 6 Sites For Prestigeous Lab

Re-printed from the San Francisco Business Times:

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Lawrence Berkeley Lab picks six finalists for second campus

Date: Monday, May 9, 2011, 1:40pm 
    Blanca TorresReporter
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has identified six finalists in cities including Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Albany and Richmond for its potential second campus site.
    The selection comes after the lab reviewed 21 submissions responding to a request for proposals due in March.
    “The large number of visionary responses created by so many communities in the East Bay is an impressive reminder of the value that our region places on science in service of society,” said Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos, in a statement. “And now that we have identified our top candidates, we look forward to working with them as we move closer to selecting a preferred site.”
    The finalists include:
    • Alameda Point, a former Navy base, in Alameda, proposed by the City of Alameda
    • Berkeley Aquatic Park West in west Berkeley, proposed by a team led by Michael and Steve Goldin.
    • Brooklyn Basin in Oakland, proposed by the Oakland Harbor Partners, developers of the Oak to Ninth project including Signature Properties.
    • Emeryville/Berkeley, proposed by TMG Partners and Wareham Development.
    • Golden Gate Fields, spanning the cities of Berkeley and Albany, proposed by MI Development.
    • Richmond Field Station, a site currently owned by the University of California in Richmond.
    The lab wants a second campus within 20 to 25 minutes of the original campus in the Berkeley that has enough land capacity to accommodate future growth and has easy access to public transportation and other amenities.
    The RFP called for a site that can accommodate up to 2 million square feet of lab, office and research and development space including a 3,000-foot-long building.
    Officials from the lab had hoped to release their short list in April, but the selection took longer than they originally expected. The lab has altered its timeline and now expects to make a final decision by November, instead of this summer, and move into the second campus in mid-2016.
    The request for proposals drew interest developers and city leaders from sites over the Oakland Hills in Walnut Creek and Dublin as well the cities adjacent to Berkeley.
    The second campus has been a highly sought after opportunity because of its potential to bring hundreds of jobs as well as spin-off companies and other economic benefits.

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