The lab will replace a 15,000-square-foot structure built in 1956 for $150,000.
The new, 27,000-square-foot building will cost $39.6 million, which includes constructing and equipping the facility, relocating personnel and existing equipment, and demolishing the old building.
The lab will contain six accelerator systems to generate heavy and light ions ranging from one electron volt to 400 million electron volts — enough to accelerate particles to seven percent of the speed of light.
The beams will be used for nuclear weapons programs, ion beam analysis, and radiation effects testing, as well as basic research and development and work for others.
The building will be finished in 2009 and equipment installed by 2010.
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