Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) selected J.E. Dunn Rocky Mountain Construction to design and construct the first phase of the Laboratory’s new Research Support Facilities (RSF). The value of the contract is $9.4 million, appropriated by the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress in FY2006. The RSF will integrate energy-saving design and building practices and showcase the latest renewable energy and energy efficiency technology advances and will strive to achieve a “Platinum” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. The contract starts this month, and construction is expected to be completed in July 2008. NREL’s newest building, the Science & Technology Facility, opened July 7. It is on track for a Gold LEED rating and recently was awarded the Jefferson County (Colo.) Commissioners’ Award for Design Excellence.