Officials from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), as well as state and local elected officials and community leaders, gathered to commemorate the ground-breaking of LLNL’s Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML).

The $9.4 million, 13,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Livermore Valley Open Campus . It will feature two laboratories (a reconfigurable "wet" chemistry lab and a "dry" instrument lab), a collaboration space, conference area and support rooms with a potential for future expansion. The target completion date is mid-to-late 2017. Once complete, the $9.4 million, 13,000 square-foot AML will provide a flexible, multi-disciplinary laboratory facility and collaborative workspace for Livermore researchers and academic and industry partners to develop the next generation of advanced-manufacturing technologies for both national security and commercial use. Initial construction began in December, with completion expected by summer 2017.

The facility represents the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) effort to meet the long-term challenge of providing high-quality facilities for a high-quality workforce.

The AML will feature two 5,000-square foot laboratories: a reconfigurable “wet” chemistry lab and a “dry” instrument lab. Expanding on LLNL’s existing infrastructure and expertise in materials science, engineering and additive manufacturing, the AML will combine high performance computing, modeling and simulation to advance research into emerging manufacturing technologies that directly support NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship mission, as well as other national defense and energy security applications. The lab will also support economic competitiveness and job growth for the region.

Diede Construction, Inc. was awarded the design-build contract for the lab. This will be Livermore’s first new building with LEED Gold certification.