Today at Berkeley Lab

New Electrical Safety Website Launches

The site serves as a one-stop shop for electrical safety needs, and is a good source of information, as many changes to the Lab’s program are on the way. Staff are encouraged to offer feedback on the new site, as well as bookmark it for future reference. More>

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Lab Holiday Shutdown Runs From Dec. 23 to Jan. 1

Shutting down equipment and utilities helps the Lab realize significant energy cost savings. Also, mail, receiving, cafeteria, shuttle bus, and other Facilities services will be affected. More>

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Cafeteria Parking Limited on Dec. 17; Electrical Outage Over Break

The installation of new electrical gear will block the parking spaces between the ATM machine and the entrance to the cafeteria on Dec. 17. The installation will require an electrical shutdown from 6 a.m. on Dec. 26 to Dec. 30 at 6 a.m. Affected buildings include 50, 54, 70, 70A, 88 and the 65 complex. More>

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Berkeley Lab’s General Purpose Lab New Home for Battery Research

The San Jose Mercury News recently took a look at Berkeley Lab’s new General Purpose Laboratory building, noting that it will be home to the Lab’s portion of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research battery hub. Researchers Venkat Srinivasan and Brett Helms gave the reporter an overview of what to expect in the coming years. More>

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Portions of the Lab to be ‘De-Energized’ on Nov. 15

Maintenance on the high voltage system for Buildings 13B, 51 Area, 51F, 55, 55A, 56A, 56W, 60, 63, 64, 71 complex, 81, 82, 90 requires power to these locations and surrounding areas to be de-energized. Back-up generators will be used. Normal power is expected to be restored by Sunday. More>

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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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