IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The Idaho National Laboratory is planning two new facilities at its Idaho Falls campus.
The two proposed buildings would cost an estimated $85 million and would house the laboratory’s growing cybersecurity program and a next-generation supercomputer, The Post Register reported (http://bit.ly/2ehqA43).
“We’ve got to have more space,” INL Director Mark Peters said last week.
The buildings are planned for vacant property owned by the Idaho State Board of Education. Lab officials pitched the new facilities to the Board of Education last month and to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission on Friday. Both groups have supported the proposal.
One building, the 80,000-square-foot “Cybercore” facility, would house 200 lab researchers working on cybersecurity infrastructure protection, which INL Deputy Director Kelly Beierschmitt says is a growing area of expertise at the lab.
“We’re doing work for many different agencies and industry,” Beierschmitt said. “(The INL cybersecurity) team is busting at the seams. We have no space to do that. The opportunity of meeting that international need is growing at a pace our facilities can’t keep up with.”
Beierschmitt said the facility would have a part that is secured for classified research and another portion open to collaborative and cyber training efforts with students from Idaho State University, Boise State University and University of Idaho.
The second building would be the home of INL’s next supercomputer. The lab already has a supercomputer, nicknamed Falcon and installed in 2014, but Beierschmitt said that technology goes out of date quickly.
The lab must now obtain legislative approval before moving forward. The project is slated for completion in 2018 or 2019.
Information from: Post Register, http://www.postregister.com