Physical Sciences Facility
The PSF is an approximately 200,000-square-foot complex that will be located on the Horn Rapids Triangle just north of the PNNL campus in Richland, Wash. It is part of PNNL's strategy for replacing nearly 500,000 square feet of office and laboratory space, due to the demolition of many of the Hanford Site's 300 Area facilities in Eastern Washington.
Nearly 50 percent of PNNL's experimental lab space and $200 million in research and development projects are located in the 300 Area, which the Department of Energy has slated to be cleaned by 2012.
The new federally funded facility will consist of five main buildings -- one for each of the following research capabilities: materials science and technology; radiation detection; and ultra-trace analysis - as well as a radiation portal monitoring test track with and accompanying large detector laboratory, plus a deep underground laboratory. . Also included is a central utility plant that will supply core utilities to the three main buildings.