$12M overhaul kicks off for former campus reactor building

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A ceremony has been held to kick off the $12 million renovation of a building that once housed a nuclear reactor at the University of Michigan.

The school says Thursday that the upgrades will result in 13,200 square feet of laboratories, offices and conference rooms.

Faculty members and students will work to enhance nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear reactor safety when the work is completed.

The Ford Nuclear Reactor was part of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix project to investigate peaceful uses of nuclear technologies, such as life-saving medical treatments. The school built the reactor in 1955 and it was used by academic researchers for experiments.

The school has been decommissioning the reactor for more than a decade. The facility was renamed the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory.

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