Groundbreaking for $86M project at Brookhaven National Lab

Construction has begun on the first phase of the Discovery Park project at Brookhaven National Laboratory. 

The new 75,000-square-foot Science and User Support Center, which will serve as a welcome center for guests, researchers and facility users arriving at the lab, is the first piece of the planned 60-acre project. 

Discovery Park will be a public-private research campus and regional hub for scientific innovation, economic development and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. 

The U.S. Department of Energy approved funding for a total project cost of $86.2 million for the new building, which is being constructed by Plainview-based E.W. Howell and designed by Burns & McDonnell and Gensler. Empire State Development is kicking in $1.8 million towards the first building’s development. 

“Long Island is a long-established hub for transformative technology and the Brookhaven National Laboratory is a natural home for Discovery Park,” Kevin Law, ESD board chairman, said in a written statement. “This center of scientific research and STEM education will help to advance New York State’s strategic economic development strategies by strengthening workforce development, accelerating scientific breakthroughs, and catalyzing industry growth.” 

The Science and User Support Center is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024. 

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