U.S. National Laboratories

​Bechtel and University of California formed partnerships that manage and operate Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and, from 2006 through 2018, Los Alamos National Laboratory. At Livermore, the partnership also includes Battelle and Texas A&M University. Their combined record of accomplishments and awards is unmatched in both science and industry.

The partnerships bring best practices from industry to enable world-class science for the benefit of U.S. national security. The parent organizations provide oversight through a board of governors, and the corporate partners share with the labs their, processes, systems, and tools. The contracts were separate, but the partnerships worked toward economies of scale and shared best practices that benefitted both laboratories.

Technical expertise 

The labs have expertise in nearly every scientific discipline. Personnel there work to maintain and enhance national security and advance such crucial efforts as understanding climate change and developing sustainable sources of energy.

Technical staff from both Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos combined to win more than 220 prestigious R&D 100 Awards, presented annually by R&D Magazine to recognize the top 100 technology innovations of the year.

In 2017, Livermore researchers won seven R&D 100 Awards, including the National Risk Assessment Partnership - a set of 10 computational tools to help design safe projects for storing carbon underground.

Recognized for excellence in sustainability

Lawrence Livermore is a multiple winner of sustainability excellence awards from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. The lab earned these honors for exemplary efforts to improve energy, water, and vehicle-fleet efficiency as well as to reduce greenhouse gases, pollution, and waste.

Livermore plays a major role in several core missions: dismantling U.S. nuclear weapons while ensuring the remaining weapons are safe, secure, and effective; preventing the spread of nuclear weapons; counterterrorism; energy security; and emergency response.