Heart of lab now named for Domenici

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By The Staff

A ceremony Tuesday afternoon completed the process of naming three buildings at the center of Los Alamos National Laboratory in honor of one of the lab’s leading patrons, former Sen. Pete Domenici.


Domenici was on hand Tuesday to receive the plaudits of laboratory leaders and staff in the auditorium of the National Security Science Building (NSSB).


“You won’t have any buildings left to dedicate if you keep this up,” joked Domenici during his speech, according to the laboratory’s Newsbulletin this morning.


The ceremony was held in the Pete Domenici Auditorium in the NSSB, a Q-cleared-only building not accessible to the press.


Buildings in the “Pete V. Domenici National Security Science Complex” include the NSSB, the lab’s principal administrative building, the Nicholas Metropolis Center for Modeling and Simulation, where the current record-holding supercomputer is housed and the Nonproliferation and International Security Center where the laboratory’s Threat Reduction Divison has its headquarters.


Four signs with the new designation were intalled last week, according to a laboratory announcement.


Collectively, the three buildings cost about a quarter of a billion dollars and opened between 2002 and 2006.