Washington D.C.– U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced a request for proposals (RFP), potentially worth up to $1.8 billion, for the development of two new exascale supercomputers for the United States Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. The timeframe is between 2021 and 2023 to complete the computers. The new supercomputers funded through this RFP will be follow-on systems to the first U.S. exascale system named Aurora, which is currently under development at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and scheduled to come online in 2021. The RFP also envisions the possibility of upgrades or even a follow-on system to the Aurora supercomputer in 2022-2023.
The new systems will provide 50 to 100 times greater performance than the current, fastest U.S. supercomputer. Funding for the RFP is being provided jointly by the DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Office of Science and NNSA are also partners in the Department’s Exascale Computing Project. The plan is to deploy one of the systems to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the other at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.
Washington State– The city of Lacey requests the services of a qualified consulting firm to investigate the feasibility of developing and operating an indoor sports facility for local sports organizations, as well as attracting potential regional, state, and national tournaments. The indoor facility may include an indoor track and basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts. The sports facility could also provide baseball, fastpitch and soccer fields. The indoor facility may also include a snack stand, restaurant/bar and retail sales. The city seeks recommendations regarding public-private partnerships (P3) that could bring this type of facility to Lacey, if determined feasible.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the firm’s experience with similar projects and estimated project budget. Interested firms should submit a project approach and identify the individuals, along with their expertise, who will be assigned to the project. Examples of relevant work are required, and should showcase the quality, breadth, and approach used in prior projects. Proposals must be received by April 11.
Minnesota– The Anoka County Board has approved the city of Anoka’s request for $38.9 million from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Corridors of Commerce program. The program would fund the Highway 10/169 project, which would eliminate traffic signals at the intersections of Fairoak and Thurston avenues by constructing an underpass at Fairoak and an interchange at Thurston.
According to figures provided to the county board, the project was estimated at $85.9 million in 2021. Anoka has already received three grants and $20 million in federal money from the 2017 MnDOT highway freight program. In addition, the county has committed $4 million, the city $2 million and MnDOT another $800,000. Last year, the city applied for federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grants, both for $10 million, with word expected this spring on whether one or both have been approved. The project would also involve existing service road work to improve access from Thurston to Anoka Technical College. The city has hired a design firm for the project which is targeted for construction in 2021.
Florida– Advocates for Florida A&M University gathered for ‘FAMU Day’ at the Capitol to solicit support for the 130-year-old institution of higher learning. Administrators from the university spoke about the increase in enrollment and how student housing has reached its capacity. To accommodate the growing population, the school plans to solicit for a public-private partnership (P3) to design, build and finance a 700-bed residence hall on campus in the next two years.
The addition of a new residence hall is just one of several construction projects the campus has planned. Other priorities include $7.5 million in technological improvements, $1.2 million for improvements to the Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station and $6.2 million for the College of Engineering.