Construction begins on CLS addition
The removal of sod, the erection of a chain-link fence and the arrival of a giant pile-driver all mark the start of work on Phase 2 of the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron.
Phase 2 begins with an extension of the front of the existing building to accommodate the U of S-led Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline, according to Emil Hallin, Phase 2 project director. The addition of about 2,000 sq. m over two floors will also house infrastructure that will benefit all beamlines, he said, as well as a clean room for the new Synchrotron Laboratory for Micro and Nano Devices.
The construction cost of about $5 million is included in the overall $17.4-million cost of the imaging and therapy beamline.
“In the original design, it was always intended that the north wall would be an expansion wall,” said Hallin. While it would be most efficient to extend the entire front of the building, “we were not able to fund that in one piece”. Instead, about half of the front of the building will be extended out to the edge of the existing parking lot – so “we’re happy to report we won’t be reducing parking on campus with this expansion”.
Hallin expects occupancy by the end of 2006. A job of this scope would typically take about nine months, he said, “but we have to integrate that construction activity with operations at the Light Source.” And while construction methods will be conventional, there are “exacting requirements” relating to, for example, the rigidity and stability of the floor, that require extra time.
The expansion necessitated removal of the untitled Eli Bornstein artwork from the front of the CLS. Hallin said the artist supervised the dismantling and packing of the piece on Sept. 28. It will remain in storage on-site until it is relocated onto the building’s new exterior.