Published: July 23, 2014

First structural concrete pour takes place at MSU's FRIB

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129 Tom.Oswald@cabs.msu.edu, Karen King Facility for Rare Isotope Beams office: 517-908-7262 kingk@frib.msu.edu

In the early morning hours of July 23, what’s known as the first structural concrete pour took place for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University.

It began at about 3 a.m. and by the time the sun rose, nearly 140 trucks had dumped 1,400 cubic yards of concrete that will serve as the floor of the underground tunnel that will be the heart of FRIB.

FRIB is a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and operated by MSU. Supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in DOE-SC, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry.

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