Brookhaven’s New Light Source Building Will Mean Hundreds of Jobs for Long Island
Funding Will Come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
By Kay Cordtz
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Torcon, Inc., a New Jersey-based firm with extensive experience in New York, was recently announced as the general contractor to construct the building, part of the conventional project facilities, which will house an accelerator ring at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) II.
NSLS-II will be an advanced energy storage ring that will provide new tools for science to enhance national and energy security and drive abundant, safe, and clean energy technologies. The X-ray brightness and resolution of NSLS-II will exceed any other light source existing or under construction, and it will be 10,000 times brighter than the present NSLS at Brookhaven.
Torcon Inc. is constructing the largest component of the machine and estimates that 90 percent of the total construction cost of more than $170 million will be spent directly with Long Island contractors and suppliers. The construction of the conventional facilities is expected to last through 2012.
Funding for the project will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was recently signed into law by President Obama to revive the ailing economy by investing in scientific infrastructure and instrumentation, among other projects.
The construction of the NSLS-II will not only enhance Brookhaven’s standing as a world-leading research facility, but it will also yield a direct economic benefit to Long Island and New York State. The lab’s project team estimates that about $91 million in materials will be bought from Long Island and other New York suppliers. Approximately $63 million in labor, most of it supplied by local labor unions, will be needed to complete the construction of the building. The average manpower level will be about 125 workers, with a peak of approximately 300.
“A great deal of work on the part of many talented and dedicated people has led us to where we can begin construction of this state-of-the-art machine,” said Steven Dierker, associate laboratory director for light sources and NSLS-II project director at Brookhaven.
The machine will be the newest member of a suite of advanced light sources and neutron facilities operated by DOE’s Office of Science and used by more than 9,000 researchers annually from all disciplines. By providing a wide range of high-resolution probes for nanoscience, NSLS-II will enable scientists to focus on some of the nation’s most important scientific challenges at the nanoscale level, including clean, affordable energy, molecular electronics and high-temperature superconductors. NSLS-II will also enable structural studies of the smallest crystals in structural biology. DOE has approved a total project cost of $912 million.
The conventional facilities contract is the first and largest of several in a construction process that will culminate in the launch of the new facility in 2015.
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