Construction Cost: $65 Million Size: 275,000sf Completed: 2006
This seven-story tower and adjacent parking structure were the latest developments in Los Alamos National Laboratory Technical Area 3 (TA-3) with design commencing in 2003. The tower replaces an existing 45-year-old administrative structure whose organization and infrastructure can no longer support the mission of nuclear stockpile safety and the reduction of the threat from weapons of mass destruction. The Performance Category 2 (PC-2) tower will provide office and research space for seven hundred employees engaged in theoretical and applied physics, computational sciences and the laboratory senior management and program administration functions. It will also contain a lecture hall with 600 seats, which will be the primary large meeting space for both classified and unclassified discussions. The basement of the tower will house the historical archives of the laboratory, along with volumes of documents and data. A four-story parking structure will replace a former parking lot that was at the entrance to TA-3, and will provide over 600 spaces, including those for electric cars and handicapped spaces. This was a design-build project with Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers, Inc. performing as the design team project manager for the builder, Hensel Phelps, and as the structural engineering firm for the tower as well as the parking structure.