Work Begins on LBNL Guest House

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday April 15, 2008

Construction begins Wednesday on the new guest house at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

The announcement came in Monday’s edition of “Today at Berkeley Lab,” the facilities daily online newsletter. 

The 25,000-square-foot, 60-bedroom, four-story guest house will house up to 73 researchers and students working on projects at the lab. 

The facility will have a permanent staff of eight. 

The three-story structure would house 44 “standard” bedrooms, 12 larger rooms and four “studio suites.” 

While the structure’s overall height is officially listed as four stories, plans reveal that most of the structure is only three floors, with a small raised section in the middle of the building. 

The $10.9 million structure is being built under provisions of the lab’s 1987 Long Range Development Plan, rather than the current plan.