A transformative vision for Brookhaven National Laboratory and the New York region, leveraging federal investment in Nobel Prize-winning scientific tools and research, to increase federal value and build partnerships to achieve community and economic impact. 

Brookhaven National Laboratory, established in 1947, is the only Department of Energy (DOE) multi-program laboratory in the Northeast. The Lab is operated for the DOE by Brookhaven Sciences Associates, founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle, in cooperation with Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Columbia, and Cornell universities.

The Lab has an annual operating budget of $650M and 2,850 employees with total economic impact of approximately 5,400 jobs in New York State. The Lab supports ~4,500 university and industry researchers annually as a major scientific user facility, home to a wide variety of individual facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II). Together with other lab machines, scientific output spans across nuclear and high energy physics, bio and environmental sciences, energy sciences, and national security and nonproliferation. The scientific portfolio supports basic understanding as well as tools for private industry and new technology development. The Lab also has a robust STEM education program serving over 35,000 students and teachers annually on Long Island.  

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Over the past 3 years, the Lab has developed a vision for an innovative Federal land use project to create a “Gateway Zone” outside the main Lab security area to enhance the value of the Federal investment and foster complimentary community and economic impact.

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Detail of proposed "Gateway Zone"

The Right Facility, the Right Place, the Right Time

Discovery Park is a key element in the Brookhaven Lab Campus Development and Master Plan and is envisioned as a joint land-use partnership with New York State and Long Island local government, not-for-profit entities, and private industry. Regional stakeholders are actively engaged, and, along with groups representing the user research community, are strongly supportive of the concept and its potential impact. The proposed site, the previously developed 40-acre Brookhaven Lab apartment area, is contiguous to the research core of the Laboratory, adjacent to the Lab’s main entrance and William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46). The site is easily configured to be outside the Brookhaven Lab security perimeter, presenting a unique opportunity for environmentally responsible public/private development in the interest of DOE and the regional New York and Long Island economy. The Lab’s need for efficient and modern office, housing, and technical space is immediate, and when coupled with regional economic development goals, creates a win-win opportunity for DOE, Brookhaven Lab, and the right development team and structure.

Pursuing an Elegant Transaction Model and Strong Partnerships

Brookhaven Science Associates is evaluating alternative approaches aimed at realizing the vision of Discovery Park through use of a land transaction authority.  Partnerships will be developed with firms experienced in real estate, financing, and development to provide these important facilities at optimum value to DOE. 

Schedule Goals

  • 2016—Planning Studies
  • 2017—Proposal Development, Partnership Procurement, Financing
  • 2018—Phase 1 Construction Start
  • 2020—Phase 1 Construction Complete

Ten-year Campus Vision

Delivering the next decade of science while transforming the Laboratory Campus with a diverse investment portfolio

Spectrum of progress

Focus key future Federal investment in additional core building renovation to enable the scientific agenda

Make research safe and cost effective by downsizing the campus and demolishing old buildings

Ensure scientific machine reliability through targeted utility infrastructure investments

Renew support infrastructure and enable the growing population of critical scientific users through an innovative public-private concept of Discovery Park

Ten-year campus vision map

Discovery Park: A public-private partnership



New general purpose administrative, user processing, conference & collaboration space, and high density housing


Enables demolition of 300,000 square feet of old wood buildings

Improves space utilization by 15 percent

Eliminates $34 million of repair and ESH legacy deficiencies



A new "front door" with community access and visibility, energy showcase, STEM education and student engagement


Grows the impact of current 35,000 students in STEM education programs

Grows a critical mass of people and activity that enables user services

A “sense of place” to attract young scientists



Energy test bed

Private user office and work space

Technology incubation


Leverage the NYS investment in energy

Enable colocation of partner facilities such as the proposed New York Center for Grid Innovation (NY CGI)

Regional economic development with new companies and new product development

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