DGR Grant Construction was awarded the contract to build a $9.5 million office building at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
The Richland company is scheduled to begin construction on the two-story, 26,000-square-foot building in February and finish in early 2017, according to a PNNL news release.
The building near the intersection of Stevens Drive and Horn Rapids Road will house more than 100 employees involved with energy and national security research for the Department of Energy, the release said. It will have 53 offices, 64 cubicles and four conference rooms.
The national laboratory complex is operated by Battelle for DOE and employs about 4,300 people. The lab has an annual operating budget of just under $1 billion for research in areas such as climate science, the electric grid, environmental remediation and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The new building was designed by MMEC Architecture, which has offices in Kennewick and Spokane.
The project is part of an ongoing campus strategy to acquire, modernize and sustain facilities and infrastructure to better enable core research and development capabilities at PNNL, the release said.
PNNL in August opened its new Systems Engineering Building, which houses control rooms, testing platforms and laboratories, as part of the strategy. That facility is used to address electric grid modernization, building efficiency, renewable energy integration and other energy issues.
A 16,000-square-foot general purpose chemistry laboratory is scheduled to open in March. Labs there will support a variety of DOE-funded programs and research.