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Lab Prepares for El Niño Onslaught

A cross-Operations team including Facilities, EH&S, IT, OCFO and Protective Services has been working on El Niño storm preparations, conducting planning and assessments and mitigating issues to better prepare the Lab to prevent and respond to potential impacts from heavy storms. Already, the number of water leaks/intrusions has been reduced by 33% since last year. More>

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Work Request Website, Maximo, and DataSplice Unavailable Feb. 5-7

Maximo, Work Request Website, and DataSplice will be unavailable beginning Friday, Feb. 5, at noon until Monday, Feb. 8, at 5 a.m. in order to upgrade to Maximo 7.6. 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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Temporary Closure of Blackberry Gate, Adjacent Roads on Jan. 9

To accommodate the removal of demolition equipment, Blackberry Gate, and portions of Cyclotron, Chu, Smoot and McMillan Roads may be shut down between 7 a.m. and noon. Parking along the route and near the ALS and Old Town (lots N1, N2, and N3) will also be restricted. Detours will be set and flaggers in place. Contact Bob Cronin (x2849) for more information.

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Facilities Work May Affect Traffic, Pedestrians on Smoot and Chu Roads

Water flow testing for the IGB facility will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 5. This may impact pedestrian, bicyclists and autos between the Building 70 bus stop, downhill to the Building 65 bus stop. Traffic control will be in place. Interruptions should not exceed 10 minutes.

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Lab Holiday Shutdown is Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

The Facilities Division offers guidelines on saving energy during the break, as well as details on available services — such as mail delivery, shuttle buses, and the Guest House — and information on work scheduled during the shutdown. More>

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Jeff Philliber Wants the Lab to Get Up and Dance

As Berkeley Lab’s environmental planner, Jeff Philliber promotes environmental stewardship while helping the Lab look after the health and safety of its employees and neighboring communities. But did you know he can dance? He leads ballroom dancing and Zumba classes every week during the lunch hour. More>

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Lab’s Water Conservation Efforts Pay Off in Unexpected Ways

The Lab started a number of water conservation efforts two years ago. But when Chief Sustainability Officer John Elliott started seeing drops in water usage that were much larger than what could be attributed to the conservation projects—15 percent declines for two consecutive years—he realized there was something more at play. More>

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Wang Hall Officially Opens at Special Dedication

The facility — which was dedicated at a special event on Nov. 12, attended by UC President Napolitano and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicolas Dirks — will house NERSC, ESnet, and the Computational Research Division. Wang Hall is one of the most energy-efficient computing centers anywhere, and is named after UC Berkeley professor Shyh Wang. More>

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New Computing Sciences Facility Features First-of-Its-Kind Seismic Floor

One of the most unique features of the new Shyh Wang Hall will not be on display when it opens on Nov. 12. In fact, it is tucked away beneath the floor of the new 20,000 square foot machine room, keeping the Computing Sciences group’s supercomputers, servers and staff safe from harm during an earthquake. More>

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Planned Power Outage Scheduled for Nov. 7

Buildings affected include 10A, 15, 30, 33, 33U, 34, 37, 43. The outage will run from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Access to these areas will be strictly controlled. Impact to IT will be minor. Contact Dan Schrantz (x7822) for more information. Go here to view a map of the outage area.

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