Chu Hall, previously Solar Energy Research Center (SERC),
is Berkeley Lab’s latest addition to a collection of
buildings that create a hub of interactive and collaborative
research. Situated in its Old Town neighborhood, the
new 39,000-square-foot, three-story building is the new
home for 100 researchers, most from the Department of
Energy-funded Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
(JCAP), the nation’s largest research program dedicated
to the development of an artificial solar-fuel generation
The LEED Silver laboratory, was designed using renewable or recyclable materials to the maximum extent possible, along with a “green” roof that maximizes natural light.
Pan-Pacific installed all of the plumbing systems for the laboratory including hot and cold water, waste and vent, specialty nitrogen lines, R/O water, compressed air and a 750 gallon nitrogen tank.
A few of the additional installations included water heaters, air compressors, vacuum pumps, purified water and specialty connections to lab hoods.