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About Discovery Park

Discovery Park is a new vision for the gateway to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory—a world leader in discovery science and transformative technology, and the only multidisciplinary national laboratory in the northeastern United States. It also provides an opportunity for economic and community development on Long Island, New York State, and beyond. The Discovery Park concept is built upon environmentally responsible development that aligns with the interests of the DOE, Brookhaven Lab, and the regional New York and Long Island economies. Plans for Discovery Park include Upton Square and a Technology Park.

To discuss opportunities at Discovery Park, contact

Marty Fallier

Brookhaven Lab Campus Development Director
fallier@bnl.gov, (631) 344-3475

Upton Square

A concept for accelerated development of the “User Village” component of Discovery Park that includes the following.

Science User Support Center
A welcome center for Brookhaven Lab's thousands of guest researchers and facility users, plus workspace for approximately 250 Lab staff as well as places for collaboration and conferences. Funding for this center was provided in the federal budget for fiscal year 2019.

Housing accommodations
A modern, privately funded housing facility for the visiting research community.

Public science education center
A regional hub that will leverage private funding with Brookhaven Lab's experts and facilities to inspire students, teachers, and other members of the local community.

Food services and other amenities
Located within the housing and educational outreach buildings.

Technology Park

A research and development (R&D) technology park for collaborators and entrepreneurs. Privately funded development will leverage close proximity to Brookhaven, its expertise, and facilities.

A joint land-use partnership

Discovery Park is envisioned as a joint land-use partnership with DOE; Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages Brookhaven Lab for DOE; New York State and Long Island local government; nonprofit entities; and private industry. Regional stakeholders and groups representing the Laboratory's diverse user research communities are actively engaged and strongly supportive of the Discovery Park concept.

The concept for Discovery Park is based on a model that integrates the best of federal and private attributes. Privately funded development will be through ground leases, enabling construction of facilities that align with DOE’s and Brookhaven's missions, while leveraging commercial opportunities resulting from close proximity to the Laboratory.

illustration of proposed land use

The proposed site is a previously developed 40-acre apartment area at Brookhaven Lab. The area is adjacent to the core research area of the Laboratory site, which is home to seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 36 R&D 100 Awards ("the Oscars of Innovation"), and countless other advances.

The area is easily accessible from the Lab’s main entrance and William Floyd Parkway (Suffolk County Road 46), just north of the Long Island Expressway. To increase accessibility for tenants and the public, it will be configured to be outside Brookhaven Lab's current security perimeter.

Brookhaven Lab’s need for efficient and modern office, housing, and technical space is immediate. When coupled with regional economic development goals, the Discovery Park solution creates winning opportunities for DOE, the Laboratory, commercial real estate developers, industry, and the community.

Discovery Park Motivations

Economic Development

With privately funded facilities developed in close proximity to the premier capabilities available at Brookhaven Lab, tenants in Discovery Park will be able to leverage the tools and technology development platforms for technology transfer, commercialization, and economic development, and create:

  • Supply-chain relationships for manufacturing, testing, or processing
  • "Implant" laboratories for collaborators and entrepreneurs to enhance R&D capabilities with tools and expertise available at Brookhaven
  • Joint institutes, collaborative institutes in allied technological fields
  • Technology incubators for start-ups and spin-off entrepreneurial opportunities

These development platforms for collaborators and entrepreneurs are based on Brookhaven Lab's core competencies in R&D and a "direct line of sight" to commercial market growth. Additional platforms in computational science and space radiation simulation and testing are also strong candidates for market development.

Infrastructure Renewal

Brookhaven Lab currently relies in part on inadequate, substandard buildings that date to the site's days as Camp Upton, a U.S. Army facility during World War I and II. Discovery Park will help the Laboratory modernize its site with efficient new facilities that reflect Brookhaven's stature as a world-class research facility.

  • Bright, modern, space-efficient work areas with areas for collaboration and conferences
  • 285,000 square feet of old, inadequate, inefficient wood buildings can be demolished
  • $34 million of needed repairs can be eliminated while addressing additional infrastructure issues

User Accommodations

Discovery Park will serve the needs of the Lab's growing user community with:

  • An enhanced one-stop guest experience at the Laboratory's entrance that meets on-boarding needs
  • Renewed user community housing and food services
  • An accessible conference center to promote gatherings for scientific collaboration and hosting of international conferences
  • Amenities offering convenience and an attractive sense of place

The Path Forward

chart of development timeline

About Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. The Lab is operated by 2,500 science and support staff. It hosted more than 5,300 guest researchers and facility users from other national laboratories, academia, and industry in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Lab also provides robust science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs that serve 30,000+ students and educators annually.

In FY 2018, Brookhaven Lab's presence added approximately 4,800 jobs to Long Island and elsewhere in New York State. The Lab spent $171 million on goods and services, of which $26 million was spent on Long Island companies. This economic activity generated increased sales and income tax revenue in the state of $71.1 million.

Brookhaven Lab is managed for the Department of Energy's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a partnership between Stony Brook University and Battelle. Learn more.

Brookhaven National Lab
PO Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the United States Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future.