Los Alamos Lab Details $13B in Building Plans Over 10 Years

LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO - Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal.    They outlined their plans at a recent meeting attended by hundreds of representatives of construction firms from around the country.    Beyond the new infrastructure related to plutonium assignment, other work most likely will be aimed at serving a growing workforce — from planned housing projects and parking garages to a potential new highway that would reduce commute times from Albuquerque and Santa Fe for the 60% of employees who live outside Los Alamos County. 2,600 jobs   Lab Director Thomas Mason told the Albuquerque Journal the lab has 1,400 openings and plans to add another 1,200 jobs to its workforce of 12,000 by 2026.      ``It's a busy time at the lab,'' he said. ``We're probably busier than we have been since the height of the Cold War.''    Mason said $3 billion in spending is planned for improvements to the lab's existing plutonium facility for the core work. An accelerator project and a new-generation supercomputer also will require major investments.    Roadwork would be the responsibility of surrounding communities or the state, but he said the lab is stressing the importance of transportation infrastructure and needs to communicate to the region about the lab's growth projections.    One piece of transportation infrastructure — Omega Bridge, which connects the town of Los Alamos with the lab site over Los Alamos Canyon — is owned by the federal government. One possibility is that it's converted to a ``greenway'' with a new bridge added nearby.      Mason said the question of what to do with... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Los Alamos Lab Details $13B in Building Plans Over 10 Years, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Los Alamos Lab Details $13B in Building Plans Over 10 Years





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Saturday, 17 August



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