Cold war administration building coming down

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By Roger Snodgrass

Los Alamos National Laboratory will mark the occasion of its first stimulus-funded demolition with a ceremony Dec. 1.

The focus of attention will be a two-story, 22,000 square-foot building in Technical Area 21, also known as the DP Site. TA-21 is located at the end of DP Rd. on the eastern edge of the townsite and south of the county airport.

The demolition is part of the laboratory’s $212 million environmental cleanup and groundwater monitoring project with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Over the next two years 13 buildings will be demolished and decommissioned in the western portion of DP Site with a footprint of 105,000 square feet.

The largest and westernmost structure at the site is named Building 21-210. It was built in 1964 and primarily used for administration.

“A lot of pre-work has gone into preparing for the demolition,” said Fred DeSousa, a laboratory spokesperson. “You have to remove all the equipment for the buildings, take out the duct work, asbestos and lead paint. It’s better to get that out first, rather than try to pick it out of the rubble pile after the fact.”

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