The US Navy broke ground in May of 2020 on the $23 million Directed Energy Systems Integration Laboratory in Port Hueneme, Calif. Located at Naval Base Ventura County's Point Mugu sea range, the 18,500-sf facility will allow the Naval Surface Warfare Center to provide accelerated delivery of laser lethality to warfighters at sea. Enabling the performance of High Energy Laser (HEL) beams to be tested in a variety of atmospheric conditions, the project will also support the development of laser weapon prototypes and shipboard systems for powering and cooling. The building will include offices, conference rooms, a High Velocity Learning Area for sailor training, and collaboration space for working with industry partners, academic researchers, and the Department of Defense. Harper Construction is the design-build contractor for the facility, which is slated for completion by summer of 2021.