Start of construction of the new Laser Lab extension: NewsCenter

August 17, 2022

The 66,000 square foot addition to the University of Rochester Laser Energy Laboratory is expected to be completed in 2024. (Rendered by Cannon Design)

Due for completion in 2024, the $42 million, 66,000 square foot expansion will house offices and labs.

The University of Rochesterit is Laser energetics laboratory inaugurated the expansion of a $42 million, 66,000 square foot office and laboratory building. The expansion connects directly to the existing LLE building on East River Road in Brighton, New York.

The new three-story building will house laboratories and offices for approximately 110 LLE scientists and staff and will include a Class 1000 target fabrication lab and a thin-film coating lab, a laser computing facility and several other labs. wet and general laboratory spaces. The largest laboratory space will house the AMICA laser systema state-of-the-art high-energy, long-pulse laser that LLE scientists are assembling for Stanford University SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Matter at Extreme Condition Upgrade (MEC-U).

LeChase Construction began expanding the building in July with the addition expected to be completed in 2024. LLE was last expanded in 2003 to house the OMEGA EP Laser.

“LLE’s work in high-energy-density science continues to grow every year, and now its physical footprint is catching up,” said University President Sarah Mangelsdorf. “The addition of these state-of-the-art facilities helps reinforce LLE’s designation as one of the world’s leading laser laboratories and will provide space to support its growing research program. It is gratifying to see our community rally around the important scientific work being done here. I especially want to thank our elected officials for their leadership and advocacy on behalf of ELL and the tremendous support we continue to receive through their efforts.

group photo of more than a dozen people each holding a shovel and lifting a shovelful of dirt.

At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Laser Energy Laboratory (LLE), left to right: Senior Associate Vice President of Facilities and Services Michael Chihoski; Provost David Figlio; Brighton City Supervisor Bill Moehle; New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney; Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Milavec; University Trustee Larry Kessler; university administrator Wayne LeChase; New York State Representative Sarah Clark; LLE Director Chris Deeney; President Sarah Mangelsdorf; US Congressman Joe Morelle; Jarred Jones, Deputy State Director to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Kevin Hale, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and Acting Vice President for Research Stephen Dewhurst. (Photo University of Rochester/J. Adam Fenster)

US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand underline the essential role that LLE plays in innovative research and in the regional economy. Schumer says, “The work done at the University of Rochester Laser Energy Laboratory is critical to our national security and energy research and is vital to our regional economy, employing hundreds of scientists and contributing millions of dollars in investment in the Rochester area each year. That’s why, year after year, I’ve been proud to secure the vital federal funding that keeps them hard at work discovering new innovations and supporting our nation. Now, with this expansion, the University of Rochester is putting the needs of LLE employees and students first, and I applaud their efforts to ensure they can continue to focus on their groundbreaking research for years to come. come.

Gillibrand says, “LLE’s OMEGA Laser Facility houses two of the largest and most capable lasers at any academic institution in the world and supports scientific missions vital to our national and economic security. I am proud to have contributed millions of dollars in federal funding to support groundbreaking research at LLE. I will continue to fight to ensure that New York’s premier research institutions have the resources they need to remain world leaders in scientific innovation.

LLE director Christopher Deeney praises the cooperation between the University and the lab sponsors. “LLE at the University of Rochester is privileged to be funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) through a cooperative agreement, which over decades has resulted in hundreds of doctoral students trained and amazing science and innovation for NNSA, documented in thousands of scientific papers,” says he. “This new building, funded by the University, demonstrates the University’s commitment to supporting the missions of the NNSA, DOE and other sponsors. I am delighted to celebrate the future of LLE represented by this building! »

US Congressman Joe Morelle echoes the sentiments of his Senate colleagues. “The University of Rochester has long been a leader in innovative science and technology, and the LLE is further evidence of this remarkable vision and leadership,” he said. “The cutting-edge research performed here has led to groundbreaking discoveries while supporting hundreds of local jobs, strengthening our regional economy and improving global competitiveness. I am grateful for this expansion which will further cement the U of R’s place as a leader in technological advancement, and I look forward to continuing to work together to grow Rochester’s innovation economy.

State and local leaders are also weighing in.

“I am thrilled that the nationally recognized LLE at the University of Rochester is inaugurating its expansion,” said New York State Senator Jeremy A. Cooney. “The improved space enables technological innovation and job growth for our region. I am grateful for the federal funding that made this project possible and look forward to its impact on the Greater Rochester area and beyond.

“As a longtime supporter of the LLE Lab, I couldn’t be more proud to support this crucial expansion,” says Assembly Member Sarah Clark. “The internationally renowned laboratory at the University of Rochester has put our region on the map for decades as a leading community in energy research, technological innovation and educational programs. Investments in projects like this are investments in the future for all of us. Thank you to Chris Deeney, President Mangelsdorf, LLE employees and all of our community and government partners for making this exciting expansion a reality. I look forward to a continued and growing partnership with New York State.

William H. Goodrich, CEO and Managing Partner of LeChase, said, “Our long-standing partnership with the University of Rochester has spanned a number of significant projects, including the original LLE facility. This exciting project, and the additional space it provides, will allow the University to expand its research efforts and pursue new technological advances.

Established at the University in 1970, LLE is the nation’s largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-supported academic research center. As a nationally funded facility, LLE conducts implosion and other experiments to support a DOE program to explore fusion as a future energy source, develop new laser and materials technologies , and to conduct research and develop technologies related to high energy density. phenomena. LLE is recognized nationally and internationally for its substantial contributions to DOE’s inertial confinement fusion and high energy density physics programs. In addition, LLE offers graduate and undergraduate programs to students from Rochester and other universities across the country, and it operates the National Laser Users’ Facility, a nationwide program that allows qualified researchers to across the United States to conduct research using its facilities.

Earlier this year, LLE received $83 million in federal funding under the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, an increase of $1 million from fiscal year 2021.

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