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.

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.

rendering of Upton Square

Upton Square

A concept for accelerated development of the “User Village” component of Discovery Park

SUSC The Federal Science and Support Center
Housing An innovative renewed housing facility
Education Outreach A unique regional hub that well leverage private funding and adjacency to BNL to inspire teachers, students, and the local community in discovery
User Amenities Selected amenities co-located in the two private buildings
Plan view of Upton Square

Ten-year Campus Vision

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

Spectrum of progress

Improve capability of critical core buildings to enable the scientific agenda

Enhance safety and cost effectiveness by optimizing the campus footprint and demolishing old buildings

Ensure scientific reliability through targeted utility and infrastructure investments

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

Ten-year campus vision map

The Path Forward

path forward table

Discovery Park Motivations

Infrastructure Renewal

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

Eliminates $34M of repare and ESH legacy deficiencies

User Accomodation

One-stop guest experience

Renewed user housing and conference center

Active "sense of place"

Economic Development

Technology transfer, growth, and impact