Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
Scheduled to be operational as of 2020, SmithGroup's design for FRIB locates the Linac in a compact below-grade tunnel, and boasts sophisticated and robust mechanical and electrical systems to accommodate the heavy loads of the equipment integral to this endeavor. The surface support building that caps the project features an articulated façade, conveying to the public the essence of what lies beneath.
FRIB's program also required special elements incorporated into the design to shield against radiation. These include massive concrete walls – some with rare high-density aggregate –rolling steel shielding doors, and 10-ton steel blocks formed from melted-down nuclear battleships.