FRIB Cryogenic Assembly Building

artist rendering of f-rib complex showing location of new cryogenic assembly building

Project Information


  • Substantially complete


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


  • 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 


  • 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 


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


  • $12,400,000, including a contingency of $1,200,000.
  • The source of funds for the project will be dept financing with debt repayment from the general fund and indirect cost recoveries when the FRIB facility is operational.

Construction Junction progress update

Capital project number

  • CP17240


Jessica Kolp
Project Manager (517) 908-7746