AIKEN, S.C. – DOE and the University of South Carolina-Aiken (USCA) unveiled a 3-D model of the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) facility last week to be built on the USCA campus, providing accessible, modern, and flexible laboratory space for EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory and its collaboration partners.
Among the participants in the unveiling were Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, who referred to the project as a “trifecta,” leveraging federal agencies, private enterprise, and academia. Other attendees included Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina; South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster; USCA Chancellor Dr. Sandra J. Jordan; Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon; and DOE Savannah River Laboratory Office Director Tony Polk.
Jordan commended the Department for supporting a facility that will inspire and explore innovation.
“The Department of Energy's investment in the future of the Savannah River National Laboratory and simultaneously in this region, and the Department's commitment to providing a high-quality work environment where scientists, engineers, and technologists explore the outer boundaries of innovation continues to inspire me,” Jordan said.
McMaster said, “This project will be an economic driver for the region and the state. The AMC will maximize industry and education and create more jobs for the state of South Carolina.”
Wilson noted that after working on the project for over five years, he was grateful to see it come to fruition and looked forward to the jobs and innovation the facility will create.
“I appreciate Chancellor Sandra Jordan’s dedication to creating a positive future for the next generation, and I am excited to see so many advocates of this project,” Wilson said.
“We can all agree that President Harry S. Truman’s decision to create the Savannah River Site in 1950 was an auspicious one for our city,” Osbon added. “We heeded the call to devote ourselves to the defense of our nation with the newest and most critical technology of the era. Seventy years later, the Savannah River Site is still committed to meeting the needs of our country.”
The facility would include chemistry and engineering fabrication laboratories, industrial space, staff offices, and other components.