Oak Ridge National Laboratory is adding a three-story office and laboratory building on its central campus.
It would be the first time a building of this size has been added at ORNL since the Chemical and Materials Science building (Building 4100) was completed in 2011, spokesperson Morgan McCorkle said in a response to questions Thursday.
She said the new building will be located in the central part of the main ORNL campus between buildings 3500 and 3525.
“The facility will offer state-of-the-art laboratory space and offices to support a range of research activities, including growing missions in computing and materials science and development,” McCorkle said. “The space can be adapted to serve the needs of changing scientific programs and priorities.”
It’s being called the Translational Research Capability project. Translational Research Capability means that the facility will support multidisciplinary research across the spectrum from basic to applied sciences, McCorkle said.
There has been an estimated construction cost of $58 million. McCorkle said the project was allocated $25 million in fiscal year 2019 for the initial phase.
The lab expects that the design/build contract will be awarded in early 2020 and construction will be complete by 2024.
UT-Battelle, which manages and operates ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy, has issued a request for information, seeking to identify companies that might be interested in designing and building the new facility. The building could be between 79,700 square feet and 115,000 square feet.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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