September 16, 2011
Press Releases & News

Clark Construction To Build New Energy Sciences Building at Argonne National Laboratory

ARGONNE, Ill. – Clark Construction Group, LLC has been selected to construct the 160,000 square-foot new Energy Sciences Building (ESB) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill. Funded through the Department of Energy's Science Laboratory Infrastructure Program, the ESB will house approximately 200 researchers dedicated to addressing critical energy challenges. A ground breaking ceremony was held in June and construction officially begins this month.

The scope of work in Clark's $63 million contract includes constructing a four-level facility, with one level below grade and a mechanical penthouse. The ESB's 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space is designed to accommodate research at the subatomic level and will be isolated from acoustic, vibration, or electromagnetic interference.

The ESB is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

When it is complete in 2013, the ESB will replace an outdated facility at Argonne National Laboratory.  The research efforts to be conducted in the new facility include the development of highly-reliable, safe, and long-lived battery systems; revolutionary, efficient, and environmentally-friendly chemical transformation processes for creating novel feedstocks and fuels; and transformational systems for solar energy production.

HDR Architecture, Chicago, is the project architect and Jacobs Engineering, Chicago, is the construction manager.