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The National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany is building to meet its needs.

According to Paula Turner, public affairs specialist for NETL, there are currently two modular office complexes scheduled for construction on the campus on Queen Avenue, part of $8 million in ongoing construction projects.

Improvements to existing buildings at the facility began this year and ground is being cleared and infrastructure and foundation work are taking place for the modular offices.

Additional renovations are planned through 2012. NETL has been undergoing major changes since it became a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory system four years ago, Turner said.

The site has had steady growth, adding about 50 employees during that span, and plans to continue hiring staff throughout 2010 to support research activities.

Turner said the additional building space is needed to accommodate the increases. To date there are 67 federal employees and 53 contractor employees at the site. The new office space will house up to 65.

The majority of the construction at the site is being handled by local construction companies and service personnel.

Current construction is the beginning of scheduled upgrades for the NETL lab, which has been working in facilities built during the 1940s and ’50s.

“NETL is investing significant funding to bring the laboratory  infrastructure up to date,” Turner said.

Laboratory and research support upgrades are planned over the next five years, including the complete renovation and modernization of several laboratory buildings.

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