350 truckloads of concrete to be poured at national physics facility on Michigan State campus

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EAST LANSING, Michigan — Crews are to pour more than 350 truckloads of concrete as part of the foundation for a tunnel section of a new nuclear science facility at Michigan State University.

The East Lansing school says the largest concrete placement for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday and take about 25 hours to complete.

It is the project's third placement.

Construction began last year on the 227,000-square-foot building that will house the project. The $730 million national research facility is funded by the university, the state and Energy Department. It is expected to open between 2020 and 2022.

Also known as FRIB (EF'-rib), the facility will help scientists make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes. Michigan State won a national competition to host the project.

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