Building 51 and Bevatron Demolition


Building 51, which housed the Bevatron, was an approximately 125,000 gross-square-foot, steel-frame structure built in the early 1950s. The building was located in the west-central part of Berkeley Lab and occupied approximately 2.25 acres. During its operation from 1954 until 1993, the Bevatron was among the world’s leading particle accelerators, and during the 1950s and 1960s, four Nobel Prizes were awarded for work conducted in whole or in part there.

The objective of the project was to remove a substandard building and its contents. Neither the Bevatron nor Building 51 are needed by the Lab. Building 51 was seismically inadequate, old, and deteriorating (credit price) . Demolition freed up the site for future development.

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Environmental Documents

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued environmental documents for proposed activities. These are listed below in reverse chronological order, with the most recently issued documents listed at the top. Most documents are in .pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing. Download a free copy from Adobe’s website.

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR BUILDING 51 AND BEVATRON DEMOLITION

Note: In order to ease download times, the Environmental Assessment for the Building 51 and Bevatron Demolition has been broken up into separate files.

Date Issued: July 10, 2009

Document Title: 7/10/2009 letter to Berkeley City Council


Date Issued: April 03, 2008

Document Title: FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT – PROPOSED DEMOLITION OF BUILDING 51 AND THE BEVATRON AT LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY, BERKELEY CALIFORNIA


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: FULL DOCUMENT – Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: COVER PAGE, PREFACE, TABLE OF CONTENTS, CHAPTER 1.0 – Executive Summary; CHAPTER 2.0 – Purpose and Need


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: CHAPTER 3.0 – Description of Proposed Action and Alternatives


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: CHAPTER 4.0 – Affected Environment


Date Issued:March, 2008

Document Title: CHAPTERS 5.0 – Environmental Consequences; 6.0 – Bibliography; 7.0 – Persons and Agencies Consulted; 8.0 – Acronyms


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: APPENDICES A – Standard (Required) LBNL Project Features; B – MOA; C – Socioeconomic Analysis; D – Environmental Justice Analysis; E – Revisions to the Draft Environmental Assessment


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: APPENDIX F – Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment and Responses to Comments


Date Issued: March, 2008

Document Title: APPENDICES G – Bevatron Final EIR Technical Memorandum, July 5, 2007; H – Response to Letter of Concern from the Public Regarding the National Historic Preservation Act; I – National Park Service Acceptance of Historic American Engineering Record for Building 51/51A, Bevatron Building

BUILDING 51 & BEVATRON DEMOLITION FINAL EIR

Note: In order to ease download times, the Environmental Assessment for the Building 51 and Bevatron Demolition has been broken up into separate files.

Date Issued: July 05, 2007

Document Title: CHAPTERS I (Introduction), II (Revisions to the Draft EIR), III (Comments on the Draft EIR), Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR


Date Issued: July 05, 2007

Document Title: CHAPTER IV (Responses to Comments on the Draft EIR), Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR


Date Issued: July 05, 2007

Document Title: CHAPTER V (Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program) and Appendices, Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition Final EIR

BUILDING 51 & BEVATRON DEMOLITION FINAL EIR — CONTINUED

Date Issued: April 18, 2006

Document Title: Extension of Public Comment Period

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06


Date Issued: March 29, 2005

Document Title: Errata Sheet – Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Demolition of Building 51 and Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/16/05 to 04/16/05


Date Issued: March 15, 2005

Document Title: Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Demolition of Building 51 and Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/16/05 to 04/16/05


Date Issued: October 27, 2003

Document Title: Revised Notice of Preparation and Errata Sheet of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan

Comment Period: 10/28/03 to 11/26/03


Date Issued: October 27, 2003

Document Title: FIGURE 1: Revised Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan

Comment Period: 10/28/03 to 11/26/03


Date Issued: October 27, 2003

Document Title: FIGURE 2: Revised Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan

Comment Period: 10/28/03 to 11/26/03


Date Issued: October 27, 2003

Document Title: FIGURE 3: Revised Notice of Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2004 Long Range Development Plan

Comment Period: 10/28/03 to 11/26/03


Date Issued: October, 2003

Document Title: Berkeley Lab Cortese List Sites

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR DEMOLITION OF BUILDING 51 AND BEVATRON

Note: In order to ease download times, the Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron has been broken up into separate files.


Date Issued: March 21, 2006

Document Title: COVER, PREFACE, TOC, CHAPTERS 1, 2: Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06


Date Issued: March 21, 2006

Document Title: CHAPTER 3: Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06


Date Issued: March 21, 2006

Document Title: CHAPTER 4: Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06


Date Issued: March 21, 2006

Document Title: CHAPTER 4 FIGURES 7, 8: Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06


Date Issued: March 21, 2006

Document Title: CHAPTERS 5, 6, 7: Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06


Date Issued: March 21, 2006

Document Title: ACRONYMS & APPENDICES: Draft Environmental Assessment for Demolition of Building 51 and the Bevatron

Comment Period: 03/21/06 to 05/22/06

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR PROPOSED BUILDING 51 & BEVATRON DEMOLITION

Note: In order to ease download times, the Bldg. 51 Draft Environmental Impact Report has been broken up into separate files.


Date Issued: October 21, 2005

Document Title: COVER, TITLE, TOC, CHAPTERS I-III: Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition

Comment Period: 10/21/05 to 12/07/05


Date Issued: October 21, 2005

Document Title: CHAPTER IV A-D: Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition

Comment Period: 10/21/05 to 12/07/05


Date Issued: October 21, 2005

Document Title: CHAPTER IV E-F: Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition

Comment Period: 10/21/05 to 12/07/05


Date Issued: October 21, 2005

Document Title: CHAPTER IV G-L : Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition

Comment Period: 10/21/05 to 12/07/05


Date Issued: October 21, 2005

Document Title: CHAPTERS V-X: Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition

Comment Period: 10/21/05 to 12/07/05


Date Issued: October 21, 2005

Document Title: APPENDICES A-D: Draft Environmental Impact Report for Proposed Building 51 & Bevatron Demolition

Comment Period: 10/21/05 to 12/07/05