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Since 2011, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, Calif., has provided the Department of Energy, Office of High Energy Physics, management and oversight for operations at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab).

The Berkeley Operations Office is led by Kevin Lesko. Gil Gilchriese serves as the Deputy Head. The Operations Office pays particular attention to environment, health and safety and to integrating science into the facility operations.

Management and staff draw on approximately 30 years of experience in design, installation and operation of underground experiments and facilities. These include the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, KamLAND, CUORICINO, CUORE, the Majorana Demonstrator experiment, the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter detector, Oroville Low Background Counting Facility and the National Science Foundation's Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory.