Brookhaven National Laboratory has awarded a contract to a general contractor in Plainview for the construction of a $66.8 million energy research facility. The project is estimated to bring approximately 300 jobs for Long Islanders and spend a majority of construction costs with Long Island companies.
 
E.W. Howell has been chosen to erect the 87,000 square-foot, two-story Interdisciplinary Science Building that will bring together scientists to conduct energy-related research to find sustainable solutions for growing energy needs. About 90 percent of the $46 million construction cost will be spent directly with Long Island contractors and suppliers, according to Howell.
 
Construction is set to commence in September. The facility will be an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable laboratory building. The research focus will be developing effective uses of renewable energy through improved applications in the smart grid, batteries, and photovoltaics. The building will incorporate state-of-the-art features to accommodate the sensitivity of the instruments and processes.
 
E.W. Howell has worked with the Brookhaven Lab with two other major construction projects recently that have been awarded LEED silver ratings by the U.S. Green Building Council, which evaluates buildings for environmentally friendly building design, construction, and operations. But IBS is going for the gold.

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