Published: March 13, 2014

FRIB groundbreaking set for March 17

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Media Communications office: (517) 432-0920 cell: (517) 281-7129

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Michigan State University.

The celebration will be at the work site, located at the corner of Bogue Street and Shaw Lane on the MSU campus.

A host of dignitaries will participate in the event, including U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow; U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, Dave Camp and Tim Walberg; as well as officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, the state of Michigan and MSU.

FRIB will be a national user facility supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy and is designed to serve nuclear scientists from all over the world.

It’s anticipated that FRIB will contribute nearly $1 billion in economic activity to the region. That includes construction, spinoff and annual DOE operational funding once FRIB begins operations.

The event will be broadcast live as a webstream on

Media are asked to park on the north side of the Wharton Center parking ramp, directly across the street from the event.

If you have special needs or need more information on the groundbreaking, please contact Tom Oswald, MSU Media Communications, at (517) 432-0920 (office) or (517) 281-7129 (cell) or email at

For additional information on the FRIB project, visit


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