Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Mike Bradley ()
Communications and External Relations


ORNL to host Community Day Celebration Aug. 27

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 6, 2005 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory will host its first public open house in eight years on Saturday August 27 with a Community Day theme of "Ready for the Next Generation of Great Science."

ORNL Director Jeff Wadsworth said the event will showcase new additions such as the $300 million East Campus area and the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source that are a marked contrast to lab facilities of old.

"We're excited about giving the community an opportunity to see the growth and modernization that we've been talking about for the past several years," Wadsworth said. "Our visitors will surely have high expectations of our new campus and the SNS, and they are not going to be disappointed."

Pre-registration for Community Day can be completed on-line at www.ornl.gov/community_day . Pre-registration is required for all visitors, including lab staff and their families, and requested by August 4. New campus areas open to the public for the day will include:

* The state-funded Joint Institute for Computer Sciences, a 52,000 sq. ft., $10 million advanced computing, education and research collaborative between ORNL and the University of Tennessee. The building, dedicated last May, also houses Oak Ridge Center for Advance Studies, a policy center for the nation's leaders in energy, science, and technology.

* The Center for Computational Sciences, the Engineering Technology Facility and the Research Office Building. These facilities, funded by private sources, comprise more than 370,000 square feet of laboratory and office space, including the nation's largest unclassified computing facility (40,000 square feet).

* The Department of Energy-funded Research Support Center, the most recent addition of ORNL's $300 million modernization campaign. In addition to the visitor reception area, the $16 million Research Support Center also houses a state-of-the-art conference center and ORNL's new cafeteria, which will be open to Community Day visitors.

* The Spallation Neutron Source, located on nearby Chestnut Ridge, is scheduled to open next year as the world's leading facility for neutron sciences. The SNS will use a high-energy beam of protons and a 1,000-foot linear accelerator to create neutrons for unprecedented studies of materials, biological sciences and other research areas. Bus tours to SNS will leave every 15 minutes during the course of the day.

Community Day participants also will enjoy exhibits and displays of ORNL science and cultural diversity, music, children's activities, and other special events. Most activities will be concentrated around the Research Office Building's Main Street. Volunteers will be on hand as coordinators, hosts, tour guides, and runners to provide assistance and answer questions.

The event will last from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free. Only the east vehicle entrance on Bethel Valley Road will be open for admitting visitors. Entrance hours are 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Some ORNL areas will be closed to visitors for security reasons.

On-line pre-registration is the quickest way to reserve a spot at Community Day. Visitors also can mail information to Brenda Hackworth, ORNL, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6266 by August 4.

Mail in registration should include each attendee's name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, citizenship, social security number, email address, and plans to tour the Spallation Neutron Source.