May 20, 2005  


Kavli Construction Update

By Linda DuShane White

The future home of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University and SLAC (KIPAC) is being built next to the Research Office Building and beside Panofsky Grove on the Green. Architectural plans show a striking building with a view of the San Francisco Bay.

The Kavli Institute is quickly rising to its full three story height. Construction should be completed by early 2006.
(Photo by Diana Rogers)

For a while this year the only thing on view was an excavation. Delays were unavoidable, according to Devcon Construction Project Manager Todd Viera. “The biggest issue has just been weather. It’s May and still raining.”

With the advent of spring, the rain has slowed and the building is now going up quickly. The main structure (the steel) of the 25,000 square foot building is rapidly rising to its full three stories.

Viera says that the entire frame of the building as well as the roof will be up by late May. “The walls and floors will follow, with concrete being poured on the second and third floors through the months of June and July. The outside of the building, what we consider the skin, will be going on as well.”

No further major road closures should be necessary until late summer. Devcon is working closely with SLAC so we will know what to expect ahead of time. Watch SLAC Today and TIP for updates on the latest construction news.

According to Viera,”The goal is to impact everything the least amount possible. It’s nice to have everyone so accommodating. If we need to close something, we do.”

The Kavli Institute is scheduled for completion early next year. In the meantime, we can enjoy watching the building going up and savor the prospect of this wonderful new addition to the exciting science at SLAC.
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Last update Tuesday May 24, 2005 by Topher White