JBEI is located in the Bay Area biotech hub in the City of Emeryville and housed in the EmeryStation East building between Powell and 59th Streets.

The front of the building faces Hollis Street and the rear of the building faces Peladeau Street.

Visitor Information:

Updated Fall 2023: We are able to welcome outside visitors to JBEI upon approval of Berkeley Lab.  All visits must be arranged and cleared in advance.

All guests taking tours of the laboratories at JBEI must wear long pants and closed toe shoes per DOE requirements.


The entrance to the building is not on street level. From Hollis Street, take a short flight of stairs up to enter the first floor lobby. If stairs are difficult for you to navigate, please use the intercom next to the door at the bottom of the stairs. Building security will give you access to the elevator just to the right of the door.

All non-JBEI employees are required to sign in at the First Floor lobby security desk. After signing in, the security guard will escort you to the elevator and provide access to JBEI’s fourth floor lobby.

Tour requests:

Please note that we currently have very limited availability for tours for business purposes only. Visits need to be requested a minimum of four weeks in advance of the requested visit date. Note that visits to JBEI will only take place if we receive Division approval and only if a sufficient number of volunteers are available to support the visits.

A video technical tour can be viewed here

Interested in a virtual tour? Please contact Sara Harmon at [email protected] for scheduling

To request a virtual visit or tour for community or student groups please visit this page

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