Alameda Journal: Richmond chosen as site for Berkeley lab's second campus, January 27, 2012


A lab that has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners, revealed the existence of dark energy and explained photosynthesis has chosen a new home.

The city of Richmond walked away Monday with perhaps the most highly sought economic development project to come to the Bay Area in a decade -- the second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Richmond beat out proposals from more than a dozen others, including Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and Albany, to host a sprawling second campus that will allow for future growth and accommodate 800 workers pushed from the lab's cramped Berkeley hills facility and into off-site locations.