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ORAU Signs Contract with Partners Development for a New Center for Science Education

Facility Scheduled to Open in December 2008

April 5, 2007

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—ORAU officials announced today that they will contract with Partners Development of Knoxville, Tenn. (, to construct a new Center for Science Education on the ORAU main campus in Oak Ridge.

ORAU and Partners Development officials at contract signing

Pictured are (front row, L to R): Partners Development Chairman Ron Watkins and ORAU President/CEO Ron Townsend; (back row, L to R): ORAU General Counsel Ivan Boatner, Partners Development President Russ Watkins, Director of Science Education Programs Wayne Stevenson and ORAU Director of Facilities Management Rac Cox.
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“This new center will serve as a visible focal point for the national science education programs that ORAU administers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education,” said Townsend. “We worked with Partners Development in the construction of our last office building, which was opened in 2004, and we are excited to be partnering with this responsible and capable firm again for this latest project.”

Please see the fact sheet for further details about the Center for Science Education.

aerial view of ORAU main campus drawing showing building locations on main campus
Photo illustrating location of new Center of Science Education on ORAU main campus
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Drawing showing location of new Center for Science Education on ORAU main campus
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The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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