Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


First major SNS construction contract awarded

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 10, 2000 — The first major construction contract has been awarded for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The $4.8 million contract for overall site excavation was awarded to AVISCO Inc., a woman-owned firm located in Knoxville.

Project Executive Director David Moncton said the contract is another milestone in the progress of the SNS. "We are excited to actually see dirt moving. The contract is a strong signal that the SNS is going to be a reality," Moncton said.

The excavation contract is scheduled to run for 210 work days and represents a new phase in the construction of the $1.4 billion SNS project. The excavation site covers approximately 1.2 million cubic yards of soil over 75 acres and includes roads, parking lots and building site contours. ORNL officials expect work to begin immediately with excavation from Chestnut Ridge to the juncture with the Bethel Valley Access Road.

When completed in 2006, the SNS will be the world's foremost research laboratory in neutron sciences. The project will strengthen ORNL's place among the world's leaders in materials research.