#95-70

Contact: Mona S.Rowe,(516) 282-2345 or
Diane Greenberg, (516) 282-2347

Mailed 12/8/95

BROOKHAVEN LAB SPENT $50 MILLION
ON LONG ISLAND IN 1995

Upton, NY -- Brookhaven National Laboratory purchased more than $50 million worth of supplies and services from Long Island businesses in fiscal year 1995. This total accounted for about 26 percent of the Laboratory's purchases during the period from October 1, 1994, to September 30, 1995.

Owned and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Laboratory has a staff of approximately 3,200 and a total budget of $415.6 million.

Of the 11,351 purchases made on Long Island in 1995, 8,015 totaling more than $42 million were made in Suffolk County, and 3,336 amounting to over $7 million were made in Nassau County.

Anthony Salvo, deputy manager of Brookhaven's Division of Contracts and Procurement, which handles purchasing for the Laboratory, said, "Brookhaven National Laboratory is an active member of the Long Island business community. By procuring various goods and services through Long Island-based firms, Brookhaven exhibits its participation in ensuring the health of the Long Island economy."

New construction and maintenance of older buildings accounted for many of Brookhaven's purchases during fiscal year 1995. Brookhaven has contracted with J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc., of Rocky Point -- the number-one vendor this fiscal year -- to build a new 18-acre Waste Management Facility at the Laboratory's 5,300-acre site. The $13.4 million facility will replace an existing waste-handling area that has been in use since the Laboratory was founded in 1947.

The number-two vendor was Conroy Contracting Company, Inc., of Miller Place, which worked on several construction and maintenance projects at a total cost of $4.3 million. With contracts totaling $2.5 million, M.H. Kane Construction of Bohemia worked on some prominent Brookhaven projects, including the 3,500-square-foot magnetic resonance imaging facility, which will house a huge magnet with at least twice the strength of any used for general medical diagnosis. The MRI unit will become part of the Laboratory's Center for Imaging and Neurosciences, which will use various imaging techniques to study the human brain.

Other projects on which M. H. Kane is working include a 7,200-square-foot building that will house Brookhaven's Protein Data Bank, an archive used by the worldwide scientific community to obtain data on the structure of proteins and other biological macromolecules. The company is also building a small addition and making modifications to an existing facility, which produces several radioactive forms of chemical elements used in medicine, research and industry.

In addition, Brookhaven employees improved the local economy by spending most of their earned income on Long Island. Out of Brookhaven's 1995 operating budget of $296.7 million, 50.5 percent was spent on salaries and wages and 18.5 percent went to fringe benefits.

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