Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Marty Goolsby ()
Communications and External Relations


ORNL awards largest contracts since Manhattan Project to Knoxville firm

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 29, 2002 — Officials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced the award of two contracts totaling $86.4 million for the construction at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) in Oak Ridge. When combined, the contracts awarded to Caddell/Blaine Joint Venture of Knoxville represent the largest at ORNL since the Manhattan Project in World War II.

ORNL Director Bill Madia said, "We are delighted that contracts of this size will go to local firms and local workers. These contracts bring to $520 million the total spent in Tennessee on procurements and salaries for the SNS project." The two new contracts will enable ORNL to expand the force of 590 construction workers currently employed on the SNS site.

The two contracts will move forward construction of the Central Laboratory and Office (CLO) Building and the Target Building at the SNS site. The 254,000-square-foot CLO facility will be the hub of daily activity at SNS and will provide offices, laboratories, conference rooms, and shop space needed to support research activities.

The Target Building is where the SNS accelerator system will deliver a high-energy proton beam to a liquid mercury target. The facility will house state-of-the-art instruments that will collect and analyze scientific data and help researchers understand the composition of materials.

The uniquely designed, high-tech instruments in the Target Building will be used each year by up to 2,000 visiting scientists from the U.S. and abroad. The researchers will use the SNS to develop new technologies in telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation, information technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.

Work on the Central Office Building and Target Building is expected to be complete in the summer of 2004. The SNS project continues on schedule and on budget, with an estimated completion date in 2006. The project has moved more than 1.4 million cubic feet of dirt, enough to fill the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. Knight/Jacobs Joint Venture manages all construction for the SNS project.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.