A Gold Mine of Research
Lead, South Dakota
The Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research (CASPAR) is a laboratory, converted from a former gold mine, housing a low power accelerator for the purpose of conducting deep earth physics research experiments. The underground location removes virtually all cosmic, or background, radiation. The experiments, run by the University of Notre Dame physics department, study low power nuclear reactions commonly found in most stars.
LEO A DALY and Dean Kurtz Construction have teamed to design and build out the CASPAR space, including survey, ground support, MEP systems, and neutron radiation shielding (to protect researchers).
The project also involves the design of an adjacent experiment space for Black Hills State University (BHSU) that includes class 10,000 and 1,000 clean rooms.
At a glance4,500 SF
Deep earth physics laboratory
Class 10,000 clean room
Class 1,000 clean room