Plainview, NY…August 17, 2010…E.W. Howell, one of the region’s leading general contracting and construction management firms is pleased to announce the award for general construction services for the Laboratory Office Buildings (LOB’s) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The LOB project is part of the National Synchrotron Light Source II construction, which will be the world’s most advanced storage ring light source when complete in 2015.
E.W. Howell will construct three LOB’s with various laboratories and offices. The project will provide 124,000 square feet of lab and office space for NSLS-II. Occupancy of the first LOB is anticipated in 2012, with the balance of construction lasting through 2013.
Each LOB will feature a mix of wet labs, dry labs, fabrication/assembly shops, and tech spaces that have easy access to the NSLS-II experimental floor. Each building will have offices to accommodate up to 124 occupants. The buildings were designed to attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Funding for this new construction comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The NSLS-II project received $150 million in ARRA funding, $34 million of which is designated for the LOB’s contract.
When complete the new buildings will enable discovery-class science, including science that will drive abundant, safe, and clean energy technologies. The unique characteristics of NSLS-II will help scientists explore the grand challenges they face in developing new materials with advanced properties. It will pave the way to discoveries in physics, chemistry, and biology — advances that will ultimately enhance national security and help drive the development of abundant, safe, and clean energy technologies.
“This project is an important one for the Long Island economy and we are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with BNL”, says the President of E.W. Howell, Howard Rowland. At the height of construction hundreds of local jobs will be created from the hiring of local vendors and subcontractors.
E.W. Howell’s Experience at BNL
The newly awarded LOB project marks E.W. Howell’s fifth project at BNL since 2005. E.W. Howell also served as general contractor for the 65,000-square-foot Research Support Building, completed in 2006, and the 94,500-square-foot Center for Functional Nanomaterials, completed in 2007. Both buildings were awarded a LEED silver rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, which evaluates buildings for sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental qualities. Currently, E.W. Howell is working on the Chilled Water Facility expansion and was recently awarded the 88,000 SF Interdisciplinary Science Building which will be built to attain a LEED gold certification.