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The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility—or the Jefferson Lab—is a 214-acre United States national laboratory used to conduct experiments into the nature of matter. It houses the world’s most powerful free-electron laser and is home to the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, or CEBAF. The CEBAF is like a racetrack for subatomic particles. Using incredibly strong electromagnetic fields, the CEBAF revs up electrons, speeding them along the track before slamming them into something—usually atoms of an element that the lab is studying. By recording what happens after the collision, scientists gain a greater understanding of how atoms and the world around us works. It’s a difficult process with a couple of challenges. For starters, components of the CEBAF have to be incredibly cold, over 452 degrees below zero. So, the Jefferson Lab contains the world’s largest refrigerator of liquid helium, which scientists use to cool things off. Also, when scientists smash atoms with the CEBAF, atomic pieces go flying off in all directions, which could possibly damage electronic equipment in the lab. To solve their problems, scientists at the Jefferson Lab turned to Hylton Builders, Inc. Using a brand-new, patented mixture of concrete—using boron carbide instead of rock in the mix—developed by scientists at the lab, Hylton Builders, Inc. constructed a cement “house” to hold the Super High Momentum Spectrometer, one of the delicate and monumentally expensive instruments used to record data. The boron in the concrete absorbs neutron radiation from the experiments, ensuring that the subatomic particles stay where they should. Hylton Builders, Inc. was the first construction company in the world to build with this kind of concrete—it’s that new.

Contact us today and see how Hylton Builders, Inc. can help you satisfy the needs of the most demanding building projects. For more information on our project with the Jefferson Lab, visit their website here.