Today at Berkeley Lab

Jennifer Zerfas Named as New Guest House General Manager

Zerfas, who has worked at the Guest House since 2010 and previously served as assistant general manager, will assume her new duties on Nov. 1. Pacific Plaza Hotels took over management of operations on Aug. 31.

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Energy Secretary Moniz Helps Inaugurate New General Purpose Lab

Among the building’s new tenants will be the Berkeley Lab site of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, or JCESR, a multi-lab program led by Argonne National Laboratory aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance. Go here to watch a video of the dedication. More>

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Connect and Collaborate at New Cafeteria Plaza

The new space resembles an Italian-style plaza, featuring wheelchair friendly picnic tables, stabilized decomposed granite, potted lavender and rosemary, and new umbrellas. The area is a perfect place to socialize and exchange ideas. More>

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Work Request Center, Maximo Off-Line From 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Today

The shutdown is required for integration with new F$M system. To request Facilities Division work during that time, call x6274. The center’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call x5481 for after-hours emergencies.

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Cafeteria Courtyard to Get a Face Lift

Certain areas will be off limits during the installation of decomposed granite ground cover, improved pathways, planter boxes, picnic benches, and umbrellas. The existing landscaping will also be cleaned up and the stage cleaned and sealed. Work will continue through September. For more information, call x4085.

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New Management of the Lab’s Guest House

Effective August 31, Pacific Plaza Hotels (PPH) will manage the Guest House, replacing UC Berkeley’s RSSP, which has managed the facility since its launch in 2009. PPH brings 35 years of hotel management experience, primarily in the Bay Area, to the Laboratory. Many of the existing staff members will be retained, to provide a smooth transition.

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Facilities Hosts Five Community College Interns

The group received valuable, hands-on engineering experience through a DOE-funded program. They started with no engineering experience and left as confident AutoCAD users and with clearer direction of where they’d like to take their education. More>

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Segre Road (Sally’s Alley) Closed on Wednesday

Road closed to perform soil samples in preparation for Oldtown Demolition. Roadway will be reopened as soon as work is completed. Contact Doug Brunkow (x6252) for more information. Map>

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Goats Are Back to Act as Eco-Friendly Lawn Mowers

Hundreds of goats arrived this month in an annual grazing to help prevent wildfires in the hills outside Berkeley Lab. The goats are part of the lab’s wildfire prevention program focused on minimizing fire risks, said Tom Price, maintenance supervisor of facilities at the Berkeley lab. More>

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Fuel Pumps Closed Thursday

The fuel pumps at Building 76 will be out of service for routine maintenance between 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday July 24.

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