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Media invited to building dedication

Two new facilities open for scientific research

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October 07, 2009 Share This!

  • PNNL's new Biological Sciences Facility (left) and Computational Sciences Facility (right) will house about 310 staff who support PNNL's energy, environmental, national security and fundamental science research missions.

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RICHLAND, Wash. — The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will dedicate two new facilities on Oct. 9. These are the first new facilities to be built on PNNL's campus in nearly 15 years. They will enable new discoveries and developments in data-intensive computing and biological systems science.

The media is invited to attend the ceremony and afterward to participate in a brief tour of laboratory and office space. Please see Special Instructions below for information on tours. A reception will follow the ceremony.


9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, with arrival required by 8:45 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last at least 30 minutes.


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Speakers include:

  • Roland Hirsch, DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research
  • U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings

With additional remarks by Mike Kluse, PNNL director; Mike Weis, Pacific Northwest Site Office manager; and John Harvey, president of Cowperwood.

Special instructions:

There will be parking reserved for members of the media. Please watch for signs directing you to reserved parking. Additionally, media must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. and be set up by 9 a.m. to limit disruptions of the program. Late arrivals will not be guaranteed access to audio equipment or to the media stage.

Media who wish to receive a tour must contact Katherine Morra (509-375-3776) by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 to secure an access badge. Only reporters with access badges will be allowed to participate in tours.

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