General Purpose Laboratory (GPL) - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Key Features

  • 43,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's hillside campus

  • Project includes a central utilities plant (CUP), potential sites for proposed new office building, and associated roads and infrastructure

Geotechnical Challenges


  • Fault rupture and landslide hazard potential 

  • Project involved three separate potential sites requiring three stand alone geotechnical investigation reports 

  • Responses to public comments needed for draft environmental impact report (DEIR)

  • Desire to preserve shallow redwood roots 

Innovative Solutions

  • Provided recommendations for the re-use of excavated onsite materials and a CUP supported on piers to minimize soil import/offhaul requriements 

  • Provided recommendations for a thinner more resilient pavement section to minimize disruption to shallow redwood tree roots 

  • Provided key technical input during the preparation of three "stand alone" geotechitcal and geologic investigation reports, one for each site