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A Bright Endeavor Institutional | TORCON INC. – BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY’S NATIONAL SYNCHROTRON LIGHT SOURCE II TORCON IS BUILDING THE HOME OF THE NSLS-II AT BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB. BY BRIAN SALGADO T aking on a $170 million federal contract to build a laboratory with more 80,000 square feet of structures on a single site might be daunting for most general contractors. However, Torcon Inc. has plenty of experience with projects of this nature, and Senior Vice President Rick Estrin says the main challenge will be handling the sheer size of the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) expansion project. “The project itself is fairly large, but our part is not extremely technical,” Estrin says. “It is a conventional construction piece that is much larger than what we normally do. “The fit-out of this project is handled by the lab after we are done with the pieces,” Estrin adds. “We are, in essence, constructing a shell and the mechanical and electrical environment to house the synchrotron.” Torcon broke ground on NSLS-II in April 2009, and the project is slated for completion in April 2012. Funding by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science supports construction of: • A 290,000-square-foot ring building that will house the accelerator and its associated beam lines; • A 28,000-square-foot injection building for the compact booster and linear particle accelerator; • A 16,000-square-foot radio frequency building; and • Five two-story service buildings – measuring 53,600 square feet total – that will contain mechanical and electrical equipment. When complete, Torcon says the NSLS-II will house a new mediumenergy electron storage ring with 3 billion electron volts, designed to deliver world-leading intensity and brightness. This will produce X-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than the original NSLS, the company adds. Torcon is building a $170 million, 80,000-square-foot laboratory in Upton, N.Y. NSLS-II will house a new medium-energy electron storage ring. « « Five Sectors The project has been divided into five sectors, each having its own schedule for substantial completion written into the contracts. As each of the five sectors are completed, BNL will install the technical aspects of the NSLS-II. Dividing the work into sections like this makes this process much more managewww.torcon.com able, according to Estrin. It also • Project location: Upton, N.Y. required a substantial schedul• Cost: $170 million ing effort as the master sched• Owner: U.S. Department of Energy ule has over 3,000 different Office of Science activities. As of September, Torcon and the construction team have completed 30 percent of the foundations, concrete tunnel structures are –Rick Estrin, senior vice president underway and underground Torcon Inc. “What is important for us is the high-quality concrete work in the ring tunnel.” Torcon says NSLS-II is expected to support about 3,500 users annually. « OCTOBER 2009 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM
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Construction Today - October 2009
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC
C.H. GUERNSEY & Co.
First Gulf Development Corp.: Meadowvale Corporate Centre
Jacobsen Construction: Workers Compensation Fund Headquarters
Novak Construction Co.
Affordable Concepts Inc.
HBD Construction Inc.: Edwardsville Crossing
Ledcor Construction: Napa, Calif.
Mared Mechanical Contractors Corp.
Myers & Chapman Inc.
Summit Contractors Group Inc.
Wilcox Construction Inc.
Special Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions
Hensel Phelps: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Sky Train
Circle Construction LLC
Electrical Contractors Inc.
Everett, Wash., Department of Public Works
Imco General Construction Inc.: Arlington WWTP
New Prince Concrete Construction
R.N. Rouse & Co. Inc.
Stanek Constructors Inc.
Fort Lewis: New Barracks, Army Growth Complex and Support Battalion
Torcon Inc.: Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bovis Lend Lease: FBI Denver HQ
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
Bird Construction Co.: Shearwater Helicopter Base
Carbon Constructors Inc.
Consultants & Builders Inc.
Emerick Construction Co.: Rock Creek Middle School
Broadmoor/Boh Brothers Construction Co.: U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command
Cahill Contractors Inc.: The Oakland Museum of California Phase 1
Flintco Inc.: Germantown Women & Children’s Pavilion
Gamma Construction Co.
Kreizenbeck Constructors: BSU Student Union
Pizzagalli Construction Co.: FAHC Radiation Oncology
Robins & Morton: Lincoln Hospital
Steele & Freeman Inc.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Village
BBL Construction Services LLC: The Glen at Sugar Hill Apartments
Chelsea Investment Corp.
Affirmed Housing Group
Westland Construction Inc.: Bridges at Citifront
Product Showcase: Plumbing Equipment
Hunzinger Construction Co.: Johnson Controls Headquarters
B.L. Harbert International LLC: S.O.F. 5th Special Forces Battalion Operations Complex
Duke Construction: Monarch Beverage Co. Headquarters
Irish Construction Co.
TMU LLC (Triune)
Last Look: Consultants & Builders Inc.
Construction Today - October 2009