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Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)

Project phase: Construction

In December 2008, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Energy had named Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (SCL) as the new home to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project. 

The Cyclotron building, which is located west of Bogue Street between East Shaw Lane and Wilson Road, will need additional space to support the FRIB as planning and conceptual design activities increase. Projects such as the New High-Bay Addition and the Office Addition Phase 2 are occurring at the Cyclotron in an effort to accommodate the changes needed for FRIB.

As a national user facility, FRIB will:

  • Provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth).
  • Enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society.

Detour information

Pedestrian detours around site work will be in place through the project duration. This detailed map outlines detour impacts and project phasing. 


FRIB will take approximately 10 years for MSU to design and build. Construction is expected to begin in 2014 with completion in 2022.

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Interactive detour map with current closure information for motorists and pedestrians.