National Synchrotron Light Source II
The completion of the National Synchrotron Light Source II will enable future scientists to continue the 32-year legacy of research at Brookhaven National Laboratory's first light source, NSLS. The stadium-sized facility generates some of the most powerful x-rays on Earth, and will provide researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories new ways to study material properties and functions with nanoscale resolution and extreme sensitivity. With the aid of this facility, continuing developments in the fields of energy and life sciences are expected. New energy technologies to be explored include nanocatalyst-based fuel cells; solar energy; high-temperature superconductors for the electric power grid; advanced batteries; and nuclear power systems. Medical research is likely to include the exploration of the structure of proteins and other biological molecules affecting the immune system, playing an important role in the design of new drugs and therapies.
LiRo provided construction management services during the design phase of the project, and later provided inspection during construction. The facility consists of a 475-ft-radius Ring Building to house the accelerator and associated beamlines, an Injection Building for the compact booster, and a two-story operations center. The complex also includes three laboratory/ office buildings for beamline staff, a Radio Frequency (RF) Building, and five two-story service buildings containing mechanical and electrical equipment. During the design phase, LiRo developed a Quality Assurance Plan, developed construction schedules and cost estimates, and performed value engineering. During construction, LiRo's Inspectors oversaw critical installations, including foundation vibration isolation; stringent temperature and humidity controls; and mitigation of potential electro-magnetic and radio-frequency interference.
In a dedication ceremony held on February 6, 2015, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated: "The research performed at NSLS-II will probe the fundamental structure of novel materials and help drive the development of low-cost, low-carbon energy technologies, spark advances in environmental science, and spur medical breakthroughs. The successful completion of this crucial component of the United States' research infrastructure will ensure that top researchers from across the country will have access to the needed facilities to drive key scientific and technological advances in the 21st century."