The Need

Jefferson Lab needed to co-locate engineering efforts supporting advanced superconducting radio frequency (SRF) instrumentation, accelerator science, applied nuclear science and technology and nuclear physics research to enhance collaboration. In an ever-changing industry, they also needed to improve process flow and flexibility to respond to future mission changes, remove inadequate and obsolete workspaces and support research in cryogenics.

The Solution

Mortenson and Jefferson Lab embarked on the $72 million project, which included the following:

  • 70,000-square-foot Technology and Engineering Development (TED) building, which added 100,000 square feet of workspace for critical technical support functions
  • 30,000-square-foot addition to the Test Lab (TLA)
  • 96,000-square-foot Test Lab, which was renovated and modernized from its original use for NASA space study into a SRF institute

Jefferson Lab wanted to transform the existing complex from an environmentally-degraded service yard into a vibrant, sustainable campus, so the project also achieved Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

The Result

The new facility has contributed to Jefferson Lab’s Virginia operations generating more than $300 million in economic output for the nation and is now a research hub for many start-up companies. The facility houses 250 scientists and engineers, and many come worldwide to use the SRF’s unique particle accelerator for research.

In addition, the lab capitalizes on its unique technologies and expertise to perform advanced computing and applied research with industry and university partners – such as NASA – and provides programs designed to help educate the next generation in science and technology.

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