March 23, 2018 - After three years of construction work on Cerro Pachón, general contractor Besalco Construcciones achieved substantial completion of the LSST Summit Facility on February 28, 2018. On that date, the building keys were officially turned over to LSST Construction Inspector Jaime Seriche and LSST Site Manager Eduardo Serrano. Although 20-30 Besalco workers will remain on-site for a few more weeks, addressing punch list tasks, LSST now has authority over the occupation of the facility and the site work schedule. Current activity in the building includes IT equipment installation, furnishing of offices, and post-construction projects for various LSST subsystems.
According to Telescope & Site Architect Jeff Barr, It's worth noting that despite the inevitable challenges, delays, and changes that occurred during the three years of construction, "the contract between LSST and Besalco is concluding on successful terms." Jeff anticipates that the punch list items will be complete and final acceptance of the building will occur in April.
Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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