Michigan State University officials are looking forward to kicking off the building of the
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
after the MSU Board of Trustees approved $20 million for site preparation at the future FRIB site.
“In addition to the ongoing utility relocation,” says Alex Parsons, Communications Manager for FRIB. “Additional site preparation began this week that will make the site ready for construction of the conventional facilities upon approval from the U.S. Department of Energy
The FRIB facility will be a world-class nuclear research facility that is expected to create more than $1 billion in economic activity over ten years and 400 jobs. About 100 new scientists, engineers and support personnel have already been hired.
“The next steps in moving the project forward include reviews by Michigan State University in March and DOE,” says Parsons. “The DOE review is scheduled for April, and approval of Critical Decision 2/3A following that review will allow construction of conventional facilities for FRIB to begin.”
Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2012 and will continue through 2020.