TRIUMF Celebrates ARIEL Milestone

November 10, 2014

On Friday, November 7, 2014, TRIUMF celebrated an important milestone for ARIEL – Canada’s Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory. This event marked the completion of ARIEL-I, the first stage of this new facility, and was attended by distinguished guests, including Andrew Wilkinson, B.C. Minister for Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services, Dr. Gilles Patry, President of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and over thirty senior administrators from Canadian universities comprising TRIUMF’s Board of Management.


Beginning in 2010, the $62.9M ARIEL-I project included civil construction for the new facility, as well as the design, manufacture, and deployment of a state-of-the-art superconducting electron linear accelerator (e-linac). Completed on time and on budget, ARIEL-I reinforces Canada’s competitive advantage in isotope science.


The civil construction for ARIEL-I engaged architects, engineers and construction partners from across the province, including Chernoff Thompson Architects. The project presented unique challenges, from radiation shielding to non- disruptive construction within an operational research facility. The remarkable design and engineering achievements of ARIEL-I were recently recognized by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia 2014 Award of Merit, and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association 2014 Gold Award of Excellence.


ARIEL-II, the next stage of the facility, will unite 19 Canadian university partners and is currently being reviewed by TRIUMF’s government, industry, and international partners.


Once ARIEL is fully operational, the facility will triple the scientific capacity for the production of isotopes for science, medicine, and business.


Once ARIEL is fully operational, the facility will triple the scientific capacity for the production of isotopes for science, medicine, and business.


PHOTO (Credit: TRIUMF): (From left) Dean Karlen - University of Victoria physics professor and ARIEL-1 Principal Investgator, Gilles Patry - CFI President, Lia Merminga - TRIUMF Accelerator Division Head, Andrew Wilkinson - B.C. Minister for Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services, and Jonathan Bagger - TRIUMF Director. Dr. Patry, and Minister Wilkinson received "keys to TRIUMF's future" commemorating the completion of ARIEL-I.


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