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Torcon was General Contractor for the conventional facilities for a new medium energy electron storage ring at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The $200 million contract included the 278,000 sq. ft. Ring Building and other contiguous buildings such as an Injection Building that housed the linear accelerator, an RF Building that contained a large radiation proof testing structure, and five two-story service buildings containing mechanical and electrical equipment.

The synchrotron light source facility, known as the NSLS II, is a cyclic particle accelerator that uses magnetic and electric fields in combination to create extremely high energy travelling beams of X-ray and ultra-violet light. The half mile round Ring Building provides an x-ray beam 10,000 times stronger than the first Light Source facility and offers groundbreaking studies to many areas of science. NSLS II serves the scientific community with accuracy on the scale of a nanometer to study clean energy, molecular electronics, and high-temperature superconductors among other endeavors.

The Ring Building houses an on-grade concrete ring tunnel that serves as the conduit through which the high energy light beams travel, and from which beam lines are directed out on to the Experimental Floor where the actual scientific studies are conducted. Given the miles of piping, ductwork conduit and specialty gas systems that circled this facility, as well as the extensive amount of scientific equipment and services that were provided directly by BNL, BIM techniques were strongly employed by Torcon throughout the MEP coordination process to avoid disruptions in the field and accommodate the needs of the scientific users.

A special feature of the project involved pouring high-density concrete in the Ring Tunnel areas near the Injection Building, where radiation in the Ring Tunnel is at its highest intensity.

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Brookhaven National Laboratories

National Synchrotron Light Source II

Torcon was General Contractor for the conventional facilities for a new medium energy electron storage ring at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The $200 million contract included the 278,000 sq. ft. Ring Building and other contiguous buildings such as an Injection Building that housed the linear accelerator, an RF Building that contained a large radiation proof testing structure, and five two-story service buildings containing mechanical and electrical equipment.

The synchrotron light source facility, known as the NSLS II, is a cyclic particle accelerator that uses magnetic and electric fields in combination to create extremely high energy travelling beams of X-ray and ultra-violet light. The half mile round Ring Building provides an x-ray beam 10,000 times stronger than the first Light Source facility and offers groundbreaking studies to many areas of science. NSLS II serves the scientific community with accuracy on the scale of a nanometer to study clean energy, molecular electronics, and high-temperature superconductors among other endeavors.

The Ring Building houses an on-grade concrete ring tunnel that serves as the conduit through which the high energy light beams travel, and from which beam lines are directed out on to the Experimental Floor where the actual scientific studies are conducted. Given the miles of piping, ductwork conduit and specialty gas systems that circled this facility, as well as the extensive amount of scientific equipment and services that were provided directly by BNL, BIM techniques were strongly employed by Torcon throughout the MEP coordination process to avoid disruptions in the field and accommodate the needs of the scientific users.

A special feature of the project involved pouring high-density concrete in the Ring Tunnel areas near the Injection Building, where radiation in the Ring Tunnel is at its highest intensity.

Project Details

Client
Brookhaven National Laboratories
Location
Upton, New York
Architect
HDR Architecture
Key Facts
Construction Management
400,000 sq. ft.
High Density Concrete
LEED Gold
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Building Project of the Year
aerial shot of the National Synchrotron Light Source II for Brookhaven National Laboratories
mechanical equipment in the NSLSII at Brookhaven National Laboratories interior of the NSLSII at Brookhaven National Laboratories interior of the national synchrotron light source II building
interior of the NSLSII at Brookhaven National Laboratories interior of the NSLSII at Brookhaven National Laboratories electrical equipment for the electron storage ring at Brookhaven National Laboratory