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FRIB – High Rigidity Spectrometer (HRS) and Isotope Harvesting Experimental Vault

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. This project is for facilities that would support that research.

Project details

  • To house research equipment beyond the original FRIB scope and bolster MSU’s nuclear-science research program by expanding FRIB’s discovery potential and enabling isotope harvesting. 

Project goals

  • To construct an experimental vault that will house equipment for isotope harvesting
  • To provide experimental space for the FRIB science program
  • To increase FRIB scientist's ability to discover rare isotopes by a factor of ten
  • To construct a detector that will be well matched to FRIB's capabilities 

Project scope

  • The experimental vault will provide approximately 31,000 gross square feet of new space, bound almost completely by other FRIB elements, and will feature: ◦experimental vault for HRS
    • isotope harvesting laboratory
    • truck bay
    • 50-ton overhead crane 
  • The space will be divided into a depressed experimental vault and a two-level infill providing space for mechanical and electrical systems with circulation around the vault
  • A new steam PRV station will be provided with high pressure steam fed from FRIB
  • A new HRS chilled water system will be provided to service the required process water system and required airside cooling for the vault 


  • Construction start: March 1, 2018
  • Ready for occupancy: Aug. 1, 2019 


  • Based on cost experience for similar projects and current pricing information, the preliminary project cost estimate is $20,000,000 - $22,500,000.  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?

  • Todd Elkin, project representative,, (517) 908-7749


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