Science Complex gets some PEP

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By Roger Snodgrass

Los Alamos National Laboratory took another step down the road toward finding a suitable home for a substantial portion of its science and engineering workforce.

The laboratory announced selection of Pacific Equity Partners Los Alamos Science Complex LLC (PEP) a development partnership, to carry the project forward into the next phase.

“They’ll come back and we’ll develop a contract and a 50 percent design of what it will look like,” said Terry Wallace, principal associate director for Science, Technology and Engineering. “That will allow us to make a final business case to the National Nuclear Security Administration and they will say yea or nay.”

The project, which has been estimated in the $250-400 million range, is an attempt to work around funding hurdles for providing workspace for 1,400 or so scientists and engineers, many of whom make do with decrepit or makeshift labs and office space.

Unlike the weapons program, which is paid for by the Department of Energy and its nuclear weapons agency, NNSA, there is no single sponsor for a growing portion of LANL’s work that involves multiple customers.

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