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FRIB – Cryogenic Assembly Building (CAB)

Project phase: Planning/Design

Project background

  • The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is moving toward completion.
    Civil construction was substantially complete earlier this year, ahead of schedule, with the project now focused on installation of technical equipment.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has indicated that it wants to begin providing operational funding in 2018, rather than in 2022 as originally anticipated.
  • Given the success of the FRIB project, the DOE is interested in additional research opportunities at MSU.
  • The facility needs additional space for research on equipment operating at liquid-helium temperature, including development, assembly, testing, and repair of superconducting FRIB beam line magnets and superconducting radiofrequency cryomodules.
  • This function is currently in space designated as an experimental area for user operation.

Project details

  • This addition is necessary for cryogenic device research including development, assembly, testing and repair of FRIB beam line magnets and superconducting radio-frequency cryomodules 

Project goals

  • To allow for the assembly, testing and repair of cryomodules and beam line magnets
  • To locate the addition adjacent to the existing SRF Highbay with cryoplant for four kelvin liquid helium and other utilities needed to facilitate cryogenic device construction, maintenance and repair
  • To provide an area accessible to trucks
  • The current space used will become an experimental area for user operation 

Project scope

  • Creation of an addition encompassing roughly 14,400 gross square feet, including:
    • a mezzanine floor
    • 50-ton crane
    • two exterior overhead doors 
  • The building will be used to test and cool magnets utilizing: ◦helium test dewars
    • low conductivity cooling water
    • 200 kw power for superconducting magnet testing
    • structural slab capable of supporting 1100-ton magnets 

Schedule

  • Construction start: March 2018
  • Ready for occupancy: July 2019 

Budget

  • Based on cost experience for similar projects and current pricing information, the preliminary project cost estimate is $10,000,000 - $12,400,000. This estimate may change as the project and its scope are refined during the planning process.
  • The source of funds for the project is expected to be tax-exempt financing with debt repayment from the general fund.

Questions, Comments or Concerns? 

  • Jessica Kolp, project representative, kolp@frib.msu.edu, (517) 908-7746
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