7 Tesla MRI Expansion Project
Site preparations have begun for the next MCW campus building, an expansion of the existing MRI addition south of the MACC Fund Research Center. This latest addition will house a 7T (7 Tesla) MRI machine. This MRI will be the first of its kind for GE (an active-shielded 7T MRI).
During the last few days, preparations for excavation have occurred, including the erection of a fence to mark the construction site and a silt fence to contain soil and materials runoff. The construction will span from October 2011 through September of 2012 with the following planned phases:
September 27 – October 15 Site Preparation
October 16 – October 28 Building Foundations Excavation
November 3 – December 12 Foundations and Backfill
December 13 – January 12 Building Structure and Enclosure
January 13 – February 3 Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Rough-ins
January 13 – February 24 Equipment Installation
February 3 – April 4 Interior Finishes
The above dates are tentative, and may change due to weather conditions or materials delays, but serve as a guide to the activities you will observe on the site.
Left to right: On the left, a cabinet in the 7T Equipment Room houses a gradient chiller. The other cabinet on the right
contains RF electronics. Insulation panels are next to it.