Berkeley Daily Planet: First U.C. Lab Meeting is Tonight in Alameda--Berkeley Meetings August 4 and 8, July 13, 2011


The University of California tonight will hold the first of six public meetings to get input on potential sites for a proposed second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which the university manages.

Most of the lab's 4,200 employees work at its main site in the Berkeley hills, but about 20 percent of them work at leased facilities that are dispersed around the East Bay.

The proposed campus is an effort to consolidate those facilities and provide the lab with long-term cost savings.

More than 20 cities and developers proposed ideas for a second campus, and university officials narrowed them down to six finalists.

Those sites are Alameda Point, in Alameda; Berkeley Aquatic Park West, in Berkeley; Brooklyn Basin, in Oakland; properties in Emeryville and West Berkeley that are currently occupied by the lab; Golden Gate Fields, which straddles the Berkeley-Albany border; and Richmond Field Station, a site currently owned by the university.